Archive | June 2022

Twelve New Bespoke #BookCovers @MaryLSchmidt

I have 12 new designs to add to my collection. Are you interested in having a book cover designed for you? As an artist, I can create for you custom book covers using images that are free to use, such as an image from Pixabay, or my own art gallery. Each cover includes one free 3-D mockup, one free banner, and one free animation. You will own the completed design. Covers are 1600 by 2400, 8.5 by 8.5 for kids’ books, I will make any book size, and 3600 by 3600 for audio books. You will receive the jpg and the pdf versions. Once a premade cover is chosen and bought, that cover is marked as sold. I will work hard to make your dream cover a reality. If not satisfied, I will refund your money. Payment is made through PayPal only and if your currency is different than the USA dollar, the conversion will be as close as possible at the exchange rate via PayPal. Contact me on Twitter @MaryLSchmidt or here. Please scroll down this page and see what I can make special for those who have lost their child. I have two boys in heaven, and this is close to my heart. Sample covers of all kinds except Satanic. I also have painted covers available – see down this page for graphic information. PLUS you can buy a blended bespoke pre-made cover without text for only $20!

Dirty Air #Murder

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From Amazon: Crossing the finish line from the dark side of the track can make it hard to find the winner’s circle. The adrenaline rush is real. So is the danger. Stock car or modified. Track or street. One can make you famous… the other can make you dead. Tony “Razzman” Razzolito is in way over his head as he works to solve the most challenging case of his career. An up-and-coming NASCAR driver is found shot to death in an alley in uptown Charlotte. When the widow of the victim asks Tony and his partner at McHenry Investigative Services to find out why her husband was killed, the Razzman gets a quick education in a sport he knows nothing about. His investigation soon leads him to the world of illegal street racing where he tangles with a crew led by a maniac that doesn’t like to lose. Mix in a healthy dose of tension between Tony and a certain Homicide Detective assigned to the case and tempers as well as egos are bound to get in the way.

My Review: This was a unique murder mystery read for me. Having NASCAR in the mix was nice as my hubby and go to races. Talking gear head is our norm, along with mist any sci-fi. This is the first book I’ve read by Joe Congel. Congel wove this story tight and added in joking and romance. That leaves murder. Who murdered the first guy? I have some theories. I did not see the gangland mob type executions near the end. To find out more, read this book.

This entry was posted on June 23, 2022. 2 Comments

Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems #Romance

From Amazon: A Multi-Award Winner, Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems placed third twice, earning a Bronze in the 2015 Global EBooks Contest for Romance/Erotica, and a Bronze in the Readers’ Favorite Awards for Humor. The story was a 2015 finalist in the Independent Author Network contest for Outstanding First Novel and a semi-finalist in The Kindle Book Reviews 2013, Best Indie Book Awards. Twice divorced, cynical Cindy Layton feels like a relic with prehistoric baggage, and doubts she can muster the courage to establish a new relationship, even if it’s on her own terms. Her journey out of the Stone Age hits freaky, hilarious turbulence when she joins an Internet dating service. The scammers and weirdoes she meets in cyberspace make Cindy want to crawl back into her cave, until she receives an accidental email from Jay DeMatteo. Jay has the dating blues, too, but after meeting Cindy, reconsiders his options. Now it’s up to him to convince her it’s never too late to pursue a meaningful relationship, even when a couple is struggling with midlife adolescence.

My Review: Ricci has written a wonderful book full of romance and humor. There were so many laugh out loud moments in regards to internet dating sites, and actual first dates. In life, one oftens finds one must get through the vinegar before finding the perfect love. Five stars.

Raleigh – Tudor Adventurer

Please welcome historical fiction author Tony Riches to my blog:

1. Please introduce yourself to those reading this blog post.

I am a full-time author based in Pembrokeshire, Wales UK. I was born in Pembroke, birthplace of Henry Tudor, and have a lifelong interest in the stories of the Tudors. I also helped with the project to place a statue of Henry Tudor in front of Pembroke Castle:

My latest book, Raleigh – Tudor Adventurer is the third in my Elizabethan series, and is the story of Sir Walter Raleigh, adventurer, courtier, explorer and poet, who has been called the last true Elizabethan. Interestingly, many of the things I thought I knew about Walter Raleigh proved to be wrong. Raleigh is credited with introducing the potato and tobacco to Britain, but Ive seen no evidence for either, or for the popular tale of a servant throwing water over him when he mistook the smoke from Raleighs pipe for a fire!

2. Has writing always been part of your life and when did you know” that it was time to start writing your first book?

I wanted to become a journalist, and wrote for several magazines and journals, but my career took me into the Royal Air Force, after which I became a director of the National Health Service. I began researching the life of Henry Tudor and realized I had enough material for at least three books. I decided to write the Tudor Trilogy, with Henry being born in the first book, coming of age in the second, and becoming King of England in the third.

I have since continued to follow the continuous timeline of the Tudors with the Brandon trilogy, about Mary Tudor, youngest sister of King Henry VIII, his best friend Charles Brandon, and Brandon’s last wife, Katherine Willoughby:.

My new Elizabethan series brings the stories of the Tudors to a conclusion with the last days of Queen Elizabeth I.

3. How difficult was it writing your first book?

Id written the first few chapters of Owen – Book one of the Tudor Trilogy, when I read Hilary Mantels Wolf Hall, and was inspired to rewrite my book in first-person present tense. This was a gamble, but Im pleased to say the book became an Amazon best sellerin the US, UK – and Australia.

4. Have you ever wanted to give up and what stopped you?

I gave up a senior role in Local Government eleven years ago to write full time, and have never looked back. I’m happy writing one book a year, researching in the summer, writing in the autumn and winter, and editing in the spring.

5. Who is the most supportive of you and your dream to be a writer?

My wife Liz is very supportive – as well as being my most important ‘beta reader’. I was also lucky to find an excellent editor who specializes in historical fiction and helps to ensure consistency between my books.

6. Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I like to ensure my books are as factually accurate as possible, by tracking down primary sources and visiting actual locations.

7. What is the best advice given to you (book or otherwise), and by whom?

I read somewhere once that if you write just one page a day, thats a book a year.

8. What is your target audience and what aspect of your writing do you feel targets that audience?

There is a vast community of readers with a keen interest in the lives of the Tudors. My aim is to shine a light on the many myths about the dynasty, and to reveal them as the people they were. I chose to bring to life the stories of less well known but hugely influential figures of the period, and show King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I through their eyes.

9. Did the cover of your new book evolve the same way as the others, or did you work with someone to make it come together for you?

I commissioned an artist to produce the cover images for the three books of my Elizabethan Series, drawing from details of portraits of the time.

10. What are you working on now? Can we get a peek, an excerpt?

I am currently researching for three books about ladies of the Elizabethan court. Discerning readers of the first three books of the Elizabethan series will possibly be able to guess which ones I have chosen.

11. Any last words before we wrap things up?

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the readers who have taken the time to contact me about my books, and Mary for hosting me on When Angels Fly.

Tony Riches

Media Kit

Book Title: Raleigh – Tudor Adventurer

Series:             The Elizabethan Series, Book 3

Author: Tony Riches

Publication Date: 1st May 2022

Publisher: Preseli Press

Page Length: 332 Pages

Genre:            Historical Fiction

Twitter Handles: @tonyriches @maryanneyarde

Instagram Handles: @tonyriches.author @coffeepotbookclub

Hashtags: #Elizabethan #Tudors #HistoricalFiction #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub

Tour Schedule Page: https://maryanneyarde.blogspot.com/2022/04/blog-tour-raleigh-tudor-adventurer.html

Book Title and Author Name:

Raleigh – Tudor Adventurer

(The Elizabethan Series, Book 3)

By Tony Riches

Blurb

Tudor adventurer, courtier, explorer and poet, Sir Walter Raleigh has been called the last true Elizabethan.

He didn’t dance or joust, didn’t come from a noble family, or marry into one. So how did an impoverished law student become a favourite of the queen, and Captain of the Guard?

The story which began with the best-selling Tudor trilogy follows Walter Raleigh from his first days at the Elizabethan Court to the end of the Tudor dynasty.

Buy Links:

Available on #KindleUnlimited.

Universal Link: mybook.to/Raleigh

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09Z98J183

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09Z98J183

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09Z98J183

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09Z98J183

Author Bio:

Tony Riches

Tony Riches is a full-time UK author of best-selling historical fiction. He lives in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is a specialist in the lives of the Tudors. He also runs the popular Stories of the Tudors’ podcast, and posts book reviews, author interviews and guest posts at his blog, The Writing Desk. For more information about Tony’s books please visit his website tonyriches.com and find him on Facebook and Twitter @tonyriches

Social Media Links:

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Website: https://www.tonyriches.com/

Podcast: https://tonyriches.podbean.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tonyriches

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonyriches.author

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tonyriches.author/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/tonyriches

This entry was posted on June 20, 2022. 2 Comments

Defending David (Tribes of Israel) #Christian

From Amazon: When a quiet journey to Jerusalem turns tragic, newly orphaned Rimona must flee a kinsman set on selling her as a slave. Racing into the rocky hills outside of Hebron, Rimona is rescued by a Philistine commander journeying to Jerusalem with six-hundred warriors. Exiled commander, Ittai the Gittite, is seeking refuge in the City of David. Protecting a frantic Hebrew woman is not in his leadership plan. Although, having a nobleman’s niece in his caravan might prove useful for finding shelter in a foreign land. Rimona and Ittai arrive in Jerusalem on the eve of a rebellion. In the chaos of an heir’s betrayal, will they be separated forever, or can they defend King David and help the aging monarch control his rebellious son?

My Review: I loved this story. Character’s from the Bible are brought to life by Britton. She carefully wove this story and successfully wrote in a fast pace for the reader. As I read, I often prayed. We are to love one another, have compassion, and more. I fail in loving two people, my mother and my ex. Both horribly abusive. I no longer hate either of them, but I’m working on moving past just accepting of them. This is the best Christian novel I’ve ever read. Five shiny gold stars.

This entry was posted on June 16, 2022. 2 Comments

PMVOI Podcast! Wed., June 15 @8PM!

I’ll be live on Voice of Indie Podcast tomorrow, June 15th, at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time. You can catch it right here! I would love for you all to pop in for a few minutes. Thanks.

This entry was posted on June 14, 2022. 2 Comments

The Wistful and the Good by G. M. Baker 

Book Title: The Wistful and the Good

Series: Cuthbert’s People

Author: G. M. Baker

Publication Date: 4th April 2022

Publisher: Stories All the Way Down

Page Length: 341 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Twitter Handles: @mbakeranalecta @maryanneyarde

Instagram Handles: @coffeepotbookclub

Hashtags: #HistoricalFiction #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub

Tour Schedule Page: https://maryanneyarde.blogspot.com/2022/04/blog-tour-wistful-and-good-cuthberts.html

Blurb

The mighty are undone by pride, the bold by folly, and the good by wistfulness.

Elswyth’s mother was a slave, but her father is a thegn, and Drefan, the man she is to marry, is an ealdorman’s son. But though Elswyth is content with the match, and waits only for Drefan to notice that she has come to womanhood, still she finds herself gazing seaward, full of wistful longing.

From the sea come Norse traders, bringing wealth, friendship, and tales of distant lands. But in this year of grace 793 the sea has brought a great Viking raid that has devastated the rich monastery of Lindisfarne. Norse are suddenly not welcome in Northumbria, and when Elswyth spots a Norse ship approaching the beach in her village of Twyford, her father fears a Viking raid.

But the ship brings trouble of a different kind. Leif has visited Twyford many times as a boy, accompanying his father on his voyages. But now he returns in command of his father’s ship and desperate to raise his father’s ransom by selling a cargo of Christian holy books. Elswyth is fascinated by the books and the pictures they contain of warm and distant lands.

But when Drefan arrives, investigating reports of the sighting of a Norse ship, Elswyth must try to keep the peace between Drefan and Leif, and tame the wistfulness of her restless heart. 

The Wistful and the Good – Excerpt 1

Edith put two fingers in her mouth and whistled loudly. Three boys came scampering at the command.

“Run to the fields and tell the men that the thegn summons them,” she told them. She held out a hand to her husband so that he could help her rise. “You should not use that girl as a sentinel.”

“There’s not a better set of eyes in the village.”

“That may be, but she is to marry Drefan after the harvest, and I’ve much to do to make a lady of her yet. Can you imagine if, the day after she marries Drefan, Lady Cyneburg finds her in the mud behind Bamburgh hall, barefoot, playing pickup sticks with the slave children?”

“Cyneburg loves her.”

“Everyone loves her. That is her curse. But Cyneburg loving Elswyth and Cyneburg thinking Elswyth fit to succeed her as lady to the ealdorman of Bamburgh? That is a very different thing. For that she must be a lady—and not just when it pleases her. Cyneburg has not forgotten who she is. She has not forgotten that I was born a slave. There were days I washed her feet and served her meat, and she has not forgotten that, I promise you.”

“You’re a lady now,” Attor said. “And Elswyth always was.”

“But she looks more like those who serve in Bamburgh than those who rule. So in her dress, in her manner, she must be more a lady than any of them, than Cyneburg herself. But what is she today? A shoeless child pining for sailor men. And it is you giving her leave to do it.”

“It frees a man for the haying.”

“And is the haying worth losing her marriage over?”

It was an old argument between them. Not a week went by without Edith asking her husband if some adventure or indulgence was worth losing Elswyth’s marriage over.

“She’ll not lose the marriage,” Attor said. “Drefan’s smitten.”

“Smitten?” Edith said. “Of course he’s smitten. But what has smitten to do with the marriages of nobility?”

“I was smitten,” he said, placing one arm around her and pulling her to him so he could kiss first her, and then Daisy, upon the head. “Still am.”

“And what advantage did you have by it? It cost you thirty hides that Elene of Hadston would have brought you, your brother’s friendship, your mother’s love.”

“My mother loved the children.”

“She loved Elswyth because everyone does. She loved Hilda because she looks like her. She never loved me or forgave you. Blood debt or not, Kenrick and Cyneburg won’t throw so much away if they don’t think Elswyth suitable.”

At that moment, the unsuitable child came tearing down the path from the clifftop, bare feet flying, hair streaming behind her.

“It is Norsk!” she cried as she ran towards them. “It is Norsk, but I think it is Uncle Harrald. It is a knarr for sure. But perhaps I should ride to Alnwick anyway, just in case.”

“Ride to Alnwick?” Edith said.

“Father said I could ride to Alnwick if it was vikingar. To give the alarm.”

“Well you can’t,” Edith said. She turned to her husband. “What were you thinking? We would not have seen her for a month if you had given her leave and a good horse.”

“Of course you would,” Elswyth said. “Of course, it would be rude to ride to Alnwick and then not call on Uncle Leofwine and Uncle Osgar, and Eglingham is so close that I would have to go there too. But I would only be gone a week at most.”

“And four men taken from the fields to escort you.”

“No. Father said I could ride alone.”

“Just to give the alarm,” Attor protested. “Thegn Wigberht would have sent you right back with an escort.”

“If he could catch her,” Edith said. “You are not leaving this village, miss, till the ship comes to take you to Bamburgh after the harvest. And by then you must have your wedding dress complete.”

“But—

“If the ship is Norsk,” Attor said, “then I must certainly meet them with spears, whether you think it is Harrald or not.” He who had never flinched in the battle line wanted no part of war between his wife and daughter. He hurried off, with his awkward gait, to organize the men who were beginning to stream in from the fields.

“You don’t really think I would ride away for a month and miss Uncle Harrald and Uncle Thor, do you?” Elswyth asked her mother.

Edith looked at her daughter. Elswyth’s appearance provoked a frown that expressed not simply annoyance, but a deep and vexing puzzle. Elswyth was a lovely young woman, plump in the bosom, round in the hips, with a mane of glossy black hair. Her face was the image of Edith’s own. It was the face that Edith had once seen staring back at her from a still pool, when she was a slave and her face had been the whole of her fortune. It was a wholly Welisc face with not a trace of Anglish in it. On Edith, who had been born to Welisc slaves on the manor where she was now lady, that face had been enough to catch the eye of an Anglish thegn’s son. On Elswyth, Edith believed, it was a face that might have caught the fancy of an Anglish king, if only the opportunity had presented itself.

Elswyth was clad in a summer dress of green linen with brooches befitting her rank, and a decorated belt with heavy copper terminals shaped like the heads of herons, which she wore high to emphasize her bosom. Yet she was barefoot like a child, and there were at least a dozen sticky burs clinging to her skirts and a posy of assorted and drooping wildflowers stuck behind one of her brooches.

“Where are your shoes?” Edith asked.

“Why would I wear shoes in the middle of summer?”

“Because you are no longer a child. A respectable noblewoman wears shoes on her feet, winter or summer. And a wimple on her head.”

“There’s a ship, Mother.”

“Where is your work basket?”

“It’s Norsk! I can tell by the shape, by the way it sails. I’m almost sure it’s Uncle Harrald.”

“I’d be glad if it was,” Edith said. “But he has not come in two years. Wrecked and drowned, like as not. Such is the fate of sailors.”

“Of course they are not wrecked or drowned,” Elswyth said. “Uncle Thor would never let them be wrecked or drowned.”

“Uncle Thor is just a man. I know you loved him, darling, but you are a woman now and you have seen quite enough of death to know that people die, no matter how much we love them.”

“I know,” Elswyth said, looking downcast for the moment or two that was all her nature was capable of. “But not Uncle Thor. Not Uncle Harrald either. You’ll see. It’s their ship. I know it is.”

“Well then go put your shoes on and make yourself presentable to receive guests.” Edith yanked out the posy of flowers that drooped behind Elswyth’s brooch, and threw it on the ground. She bundled Daisy into Elswyth’s arms while she pulled the sticky burrs out of Elswyth’s skirts. Then she took the baby back from her grown daughter and said, “And put on a wimple too. You should not be parading your hair in front of sailors at your age.”

“Not till I’m married, Mother. You promised!” Elswyth replied. But she said it over her shoulder as she ran off so that she was gone before Edith had a chance to respond.

Buy Links:

Universal Link: http://mybook.to/thewistfulandthegood

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B09WZCVHBH

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09WZCVHBH

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B09WZCVHBH

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B09WZCVHBH

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-wistful-and-the-good-g-m-baker/1141306742

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-wistful-and-the-good

Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/the-wistful-and-the-good/id1617126878

Laterpress: https://gmbaker.laterpress.com/

Author Bio:

G. M. Baker

G. M. Baker has been a newspaper reporter, managing editor, freelance writer, magazine contributor, PhD candidate, seminarian, teacher, desktop publisher, programmer, technical writer, department manager, communications director, non-fiction author, speaker, consultant, and grandfather. He has published stories in The Atlantic Advocate, Fantasy Book, New England’s Coastal Journal, Our Family, Storyteller, Solander, and Dappled Things. There was nothing much left to do but become a novelist.

Social Media Links:

Website: https://gmbaker.net

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mbakeranalecta

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gmbaker

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mbakeranalecta/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/G-M-Baker/e/B09WZK7MD4

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4259382.G_M_Baker

Substack Newsletter: https://gmbaker.substack.com

This entry was posted on June 13, 2022. 2 Comments

A vs. An: When to Use A or An in a Sentence… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on Writing Explained: When is the correct time to use a vs. an? A bike. An icicle. A URL or an URL? What exactly is the rule? Despite the confusion on when to use these two words, the rule regarding their use is actually quite simple. What is the Difference Between A and An? In […]

A vs. An: When to Use A or An in a Sentence… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

A Christmas at Gingerbread Falls #romance

From Amazon: Actress Carrie Murray’s films are a Christmas lover’s delight. Filled with twinkling lights, festive carols, and happy endings, they’re the perfect escape from reality—for her and the audience. Then Tinseltown calls. Braxton Timothy is Hollywood’s biggest action star. Handsome and talented but decidedly on the naughty list, no one can fathom his sudden desire to produce a feel-good Christmas movie—least of all, his no-name co-star. Alternating between scenes reminiscent of everyone’s favorite made-for-TV movies and unexpected, off-screen chemistry, Gingerbread Falls has surprises in store this holiday season. The question is, will there be enough Christmas magic to convince two imperfect people that they’re perfect for each other? ♥ This “sweet as a Christmas cookie” romance (bestselling author Heidi Swain) includes an original recipe for Maple Glazed Gingerbread Scones.

My Review: I. Loved. This. Book. Okay, let me make myself clear: I truly loved this Christmas romance book by Mettner. Christmas time is a special time of year and having a setting in small town, North Dakota, USA makes it more special as everyone helps each other out as small towns often do. Carrie and Brax are perfectly imperfect. Both have many emotional and mental scars and both have physical scars, one due to a home accident, the other inflicted upon her for 13 long years. That resonated with me as I bear all the same scars and more, and when Carrie was insecure, I was as well. I understood her deeply. The twist of part of the novel being acted out on set and part written as real life was a nice change from the more usual romance reads. Five shiny gold stars!!

THE WORM WHO HAS A PERM #kidlit

From Amazon: The Worm Who Has a Perm is a read aloud, baby nursery rhymes kids book that is written in easy-to-read rhyme style. This is the perfect picture book for children from preschool to little kids. In his latest kids bedtime story, “The Worm Who Has a Perm”, Tim Zak — best selling children’s book writer — helps children relate to many of the problems they encounter each day through the eyes of baby animals. Tim can help you communicate important messages to your children through rhymes and colorful illustrations! Here Is A Preview Of What Your Children Will Discover… This is the rhyming story of Willis the Worm who has a perm! Willis loves the color of his hair and wears it proudly. What happens when this little worm gets bullied about his hair? Willis loves his hair and decides he must stand up to these bullies! What will happen when Willis stands up for himself and confronts the bullies? Will this little worm be able to keep the hair he loves so much?

My Review: Willis is a worm and he wears his hair in a rainbow colored perm. Two worn bullies attacked Willis with name calling and mocking his hair. Willis smiled and made sure the bullies knew that he didn’t care what they thought. The bullies went on and attacked other creatures such as a bumble bee. Willis helped the others to not be sad. The bullies then dumped purple ink followed by green Ink on Willis’s hair and he was fine. Willis stood up for himself, and he chose to not retaliate back at the bullies. The bullies gave up as they couldn’t get Willis to react in the way they wanted. This story rhymes and worth five stars!