Saturday, October 14, 2017

RWISA RISING WRITER, MICHELLE ABBOTT





I am pleased to introduce you to Michelle Abbott, our RWISA (Rave Writers' International Society of Authors) RISING WRITER for the month of October. She is an accomplished author of several books, outstanding member of RWISA, and avid reader of romance novels.




I have read two of her books: "In Chains" and "Locked Together." Here is a brief overview of "In Chains" as written in Amazon as well as some reviews.

              A romance set in a world where slavery is government run and slaves are fitted with microchips. 

Savannah, fleeing a turbulent relationship, seeks solace at her brother’s country farmhouse. It’s there that she meets Kayden; her brother’s slave who's considered less than human. These two damaged souls form an unbreakable bond, one that’s about to be tested, because Kayden is her brother’s property and he will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

The plot is an interesting premise and I hope it just stays in the imagination of Ms. Abbott. The world has seen enough slavery, abuse, and brutality throughout history. 

The main character, Savannah (I love the choice of that name) and the slave, Kayden fall deeply in love and are inseparable despite the "humans" trying to keep them apart. There are a lot of very descriptive and long sexual scenes. 

Some reviews:
     I loved the romance part of this story, being a romantic, myself, by nature, but I hated the aspects that dealt with calling a human, “it”, and claiming that a slave does not have a name, and all the other inhuman acts meted out to slaves. This was not an easy book to read. (Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko)

     There were things I enjoyed about this book. I liked the main characters Savannah, heroine and Kayden, the hero. Both were likable people who had noticeable faults. I liked that Kayden was the jealous and possessive hero who was very much in love with Savannah. I liked that Savannah was down to earth and open minded unlike those around her. She was one of the few people that viewed slaves like Kayen as people as opposed to an "it". Both were insecure, which was sad but believable. Kayden was a slave and Savannah was physically and mentally abused by a boyfriend who eroded her confidence and self esteem. The book had an uncommon premise, which was nice.  (justirishgirl)

     What looks like another romance novel, turns out to be a shocking love story, not only by the way characters are depicted, but by the way this fictional society is described. At the beginning it was hard for me to picture a modern society with slavery as described in the story. Great work Ms. Abbott, your creativity makes this story one of a kind, different; no need to go to other planets or centuries in the future of mankind to create such a vivid and credible setting. Better yet, I love a story that makes you feel different emotions. This is one of them. I must say that this has to be one book, not two as it was published in two. Anyway, I just finished and went for the next book. readers, you wont be dissapointed, get the two books at once so you dont waste precious minutes and start reading. To me it was a very emotional story. A very good one.  (Reading rabbit)


"Locked Together" is the sequel to "In Chains" and I recommend that it be read to truly complete the story about Savannah and Kayden. 
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

MERCHANT'S PEARL by AMIE O'BRIEN



I recently finished reading Merchant's Pearl by Amie O'Brien, which is the first book of hers I have read. I was very impressed with Ms. O'Brien's writing skills and the very interesting story-line.

Here is the description as written in Amazon:

      As a missionary's daughter, Sarai was taught that love and faith conquer all. But when her parents are murdered, she quickly learns that the world doesn't stop for love.

As a teen, Sarai—now called Leila—is enslaved, a palace concubine for the Ottoman Sultan Aziz. Though she does her best to elude him, she's forced out of her shell when his son, Prince  , claims her for his own. Tossed into competition with the other girls in his harem, Leila must face the lavish attention of her young master and the resulting retaliation from his prior favorite, Aster. But it's an unexpected gift and a glimpse inside his family's struggles that collide headfirst with Leila's upbringing. Soon, despite her better judgment, she finds her heart has a mind of its own.

Can she subject her faith and independent spirit to such a future—a future in which the best she can hope for is to be his favorite? How will she stand sharing him with the other girls in the harem? As the sultan's fragile kingdom unravels around them, will it even matter?


Some of the reviews from Amazon:

     Terry M. Couldn't put it down!!!!! Completely captivated my attention and held it until I finished every last page!

      Daniel: This book was a great read. The characters were believable. The story was riveting and very well paced. I can't wait for more from her.

      Tammy: Intriguing,sad,sweet and wonderful read!!

       "The Merchant’s Pearl [...] is beautifully told, and detail oriented so you’re transported back to the late nineteenth century beside Leila. O’Brien gives the reader the downside of life as a commodity and it is jarring and disturbing, but oh so real. A fantastic read from a new author." 

​~ Readers' Favorite Reviews

       My Review: A very well-written love story between a Prince and his concubine. Their genuine and unconditional love is beautifully described. I could not put the book down and was "disappointed" that it is part of a saga. Anxious to read the next book in this series.
There is history, culture, and intimacy.

                 This was Saga Book 1, so I am looking forward to the second book.

Twitter: @merchantspearl


Sunday, October 1, 2017

LAURA LIBRICZ





I AM VERY PLEASED AND HONORED TO WELCOME, LAURA LIBRICZ, AUTHOR EXTRAORDINAIRE. SHE IS A MEMBER OF RRBC AND RWISA.




Read an #excerpt from The Soldier’s Return #historicalfiction

     THE SOLDIER’S RETURN: The year is 1626. A senseless war rips through parts of Germany. Ongoing animosity between the Catholics and the Protestants has turned into an excuse to destroy much of the landscape situated between France, Italy and Denmark. But religion only plays a minor role in this lucrative business of war.
     The young Dutchman, Pieter van Diemen, returns to Amsterdam in chains after a period of imprisonment in the Spice Islands. He manages to escape but must leave Amsterdam in a hurry. Soldiers are in demand in Germany and he decides to travel with a regiment until he can desert. His hope of survival is to reach Sichardtshof, the farm in Franconia, Germany; the farm he left ten years ago. His desire to seek refuge with them lies in his fond memories of the maid Katarina and her master, the humanist patrician Herr Tucher. But ten years is a long time and the farm has changed. Franconia is not only torn by war but falling victim to a church-driven witch hunt. The Jesuit priest, Ralf, has his sights set on Sichardtshof as well. Ralf believes that ridding the area of evil will be his saving grace. Can Pieter, Katarina and Herr Tucher unite to fight against a senseless war out of control?


Katarina
March 1626
     Katarina poked at the fire and threw two logs on the embers. Sparks sailed up the flue and the flames revived. Twice last night she’d been to the kitchen to keep this fire burning. Fire was the sustainer of life, the taker as well. She lit a tallow lamp, opened the door to the low-vaulted stable adjoining the kitchen and hung the lamp on a hook rammed into the sandstone. The two cows lowed and her goat yawned. Their water was empty, the troughs too. She crossed the hay-strewn stone stable floor and opened the door leading out to the paddock. Bleating sheep, more than the paddock could accommodate, threatened to break through the wooden fencing.
     Strange rumblings groaned and swelled underground, traveling towards the Sichardtshof farm along the Aisch River. Katarina imagined some heavy, tethered beasts grumbling while pulling slow-rolling burdens. She brushed aside the memories of the last visits from the mercenaries like she was clearing sticky cobwebs from the rafters. The past was not to be relived, Herr Tucher told her. Rise above it or it will destroy you, he said.
She took her overcoat down from the peg on the wall, shrugged into it, grabbed a bucket and hurried back through the kitchen and up the few steps to the house’s main entrance. She pulled on one of the double doors. In the winter the wood door swelled and stuck in the frame, squealing on the stone floor as she pulled it open.
     She rushed past the half-timbered barn and the adjoining stable that dominated the other outbuildings forming the oval farmyard. A lamp burned somewhere inside. Tanner the Elder was awake, tending the horses. Distinctive sounds rose above the rumblings now: men’s shouts and whistles, the clank of chains from animals’ harnesses. Katarina startled as a flock of waterfowl squawked into flight from the ponds that lined the lowest point of the hollow called the Edelgraben. The water reflected the eerie, pink light of the dawn. The hills that protected the farm on either side of the hollow were shrouded in mist. But the hills never stopped the soldiers from coming before. The men knew the Sichardtshof farm was here and what it had to offer.
     It was too early in the year for soldiers to be traveling. The nights were still frozen and dark. Friert’s am 40-Ritter-Tag, so kommen noch 40 Fröste nach. Because there was frost today, March 10, the day of Forty Martyrs, the farmers said forty more days of frost would fall upon the land. But Katarina smelled a slight turn in the air, as if the emerging vegetation let off a scent to attract and entice—a lush, green smell. Buds developed on the low bushes surrounding the square stone well and when the leaves filled in, the bushes made a good hiding place for the children. After such a long, cold, dark winter, these inklings of spring should afford some comfort. But Katarina took more comfort in the fact that in the winter, the soldiers moved into winter quarters and stayed away. This past winter was peaceful and Katarina had almost forgotten the rest of the world, the troubled world beyond the farm.
     Katarina’s trembling hand grabbed time and time again for the rope and finally pulled the bucket up out of the well, craning her neck to look over the bushes back to the crooked little workers’ house. Covered in bramble bushes, she could just make out the glow of a fire through the tiny kitchen window. A figure passed by inside. The Tanner family and the other workers must be awake too. Katarina set the full bucket down by a small surplus of buckets next to the well and ran back to the house. Brambles snagged on her trousers as she softly rapped on the door.
     “Who is it?” a man’s voice growled.
     “It’s me, Tanner, let me in.”
     The door to the workers’ house creaked open. Tanner’s large frame filled out the doorway. Behind him, ceramic mugs clinked, water boiled, a baby cried, men spoke in low tones and a woman coughed. Tanner looked over Katarina’s head and sighed, running a hand through his short, dark-blond hair. His cheeks were flushed with the heat of the fire.
     “Listen,” Katarina said.
     He nodded, understanding. “Wake the master.”




Laura Libricz’s Media Kit: Pictures, Book Covers, Links, Bios, Book Blurbs:

Long Bio:
Laura Libricz was born and raised in Bethlehem PA and moved to Upstate New York when she was 22. After working a few years building Steinberger guitars, she received a scholarship to go to college. She tried to ‘do the right thing’ and study something useful, but spent all her time reading German literature.
She earned a BA in German at The College of New Paltz, NY in 1991 and moved to Germany, where she resides today. When she isn’t writing she can be found sifting through city archives, picking through castle ruins or aiding the steady flood of musical instruments into the world market.
Her first novel, The Master and the Maid, is the first book of the Heaven’s Pond Trilogy. The Soldier’s Return and Ash and Rubble are the second and third books in the series.
WHERE TO FIND ME ON THE WEB:


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Saturday, September 30, 2017

RAVE WRITERS INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AUTHORS


                                     

Hi! Welcome to RAVE WRITERS—INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AUTHORS, otherwise known as RWISA{pronounced RISA or rice-uh, with a silent ‘W’}, a division of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB! (RRBC)


RWISAthe latest brain-child of Author, Nonnie Jules, was founded for the sole purpose of introducing the literary world to some of the top INDIE Authors! These writers are consummate Professionals, dedicated, committed and driven to continually excel at producing the best written works possible. Are they perfect? No, but none of us are. What separates them from the rest, is their ultimate goal of giving readers what they are paying for…great, polished reads and writing!
The members of this community have penned works that have garnered high marks and praise for creativity, and their dedication to the excellence of the craft of writing. But, it doesn’t stop there! Their desire to be the BEST in their writing, is evident in the little things, as well, such as their websites and blogs, their well-written book blurbs and even their Author bios on Amazon. These writers care about perfection in their writing and it shows across the board!
RWISA is home to some of the most talented INDIE authors around the world! We invite you to take a look around, visiting each author’s page, as well as their showcases. If you are an author, and think that you have what it takes to have your name placed on the roster of our ELITE members, we invite you to submit a request for membership.
You can’t belong to RWISA simply because you want to. This community of ELITE writers is not open to the general public. Although submitting a REQUEST for possible membership is required, actual membership into the society is by invitation only! Once it has been determined that your written work, your attention to detail, and your commitment to continually improve and excel as an Author is genuine, it will be an honor to add your name to our roster of other ELITE writers.
On the other side of that coin, if you are a member of RRBC (because we do have lots of great talent there) and your name is not listed here yet, that could simply mean that you are on a list of authors waiting to be vetted, but feel free to submit a request for membership, just to be safe.
For more information, please visit our FAQ page and any of the other informative pages on the site.
**If you are a publisher, news or magazine entity, etc., and are interested in the work of some of the talent showcased here, please feel free to connect with them via the contact info on their Author page.**
Thanks for visiting, and if you truly treasure and appreciate great writing, please tell your friends about us!
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Monday, September 25, 2017

THE LIFE OF WRITING

This is a reblog from Kariss Lynch. 


Writing Life Equals Balanced Life 

You’ve heard the age-old story: Creative individual decides to write a book. They sit down with paper and pen or keyboard and painstakingly write that heart story. Sometimes it takes months. Sometimes it takes years. When talking with their friends, you often hear them say, “Something just came up. It isn’t quite right yet. I just haven’t had the time.”

It’s pretty clear that time is precious. In fact, outside of my loved ones, my time is my most treasured possession. Since signing my first contract in January 2013, I have learned an important writing tip, probably the most important tip: 

There is NEVER time, unless you choose to make it. 

In fact, I’ve noticed one common trait among the published: They make time to finish. After signing that contract, time to market becomes important. And time to edit. And time to promote. And time to interact with readers. Lot’s of time. So it’s important to figure out how to manage it. 

Over the last few years, I’ve learned a few tricks to maximize my time in every area of this writing journey.

Create margin.
Determine your best time of day to write or create and maximize those short windows. I am a night owl and can write and create relevant marketing content easier when my checklist for the day is accomplished. It clears my mind to be creative. 

Set a timer.
Write every day. Set the timer on your phone for an hour, then put your phone on silent and put it on the other side of the room. Clear your mind and write. I found when I did this, I could easily write over two thousand words an hour, and I like the challenge of racing the clock. 

Strategize for online interaction.
The internet is a wonderful tool, but managing our online interaction can eat our time if not managed correctly. Block out thirty minutes every few days to catch up on emails. Take a few minutes to respond to every person who comments on social media (within reason of course). Know your brand, what you are passionate about, and have character and author interviews on hand for guest blog posts. Schedule our social posts through the week. Don’t overthink. Just do.

Read, read, read
This one is important. Reading is as much a learning tool for me as it is a brain break. I love diving into a story. Make time to see what else is out there. Read books in your genre and in others. Read craft books. Just read. 

Managing time is as much mental as it is physical. At the end of the day, be satisfied with what you accomplished and leave the rest for tomorrow. 



Bio and where to find Kariss online...

Kariss Lynch writes contemporary romance about characters with big dreams, adventurous hearts, and enduring hope. She is the author of the Heart of a Warrior series and loves to encourage her readers to have courage. In her free time, she hangs out with her family and friends, explores the great outdoors, and tries not to plot five stories at once. Connect with her at karisslynch.com, or on FacebookInstagram, or Goodreads.