Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Soulmated Release Day Celebration, Excerpt, & Giveaway!

I am so excited that SOULMATED by Shaila Patel releases today and that I get to share the news! If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book, be sure to check out all the details below.

GIVEAWAY!!!
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value),US Only, courtesy of Month9Books. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
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Title: SOULMATED (Joining of Souls #1)
Author: Shaila Patel
Pub. Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD


Two souls. One Fate.

Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family's standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.
 
Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother's ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage. 

When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart. 

Liam's father isn't convinced Laxshmi is "The One" and Laxshmi's mother won't even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one's own fate too great a price for the soulmated?


EXCERPT:

My mind wandered to a vision of what Laxshmi’s eyes would look like if I kissed her. It caught me by surprise, making me cough. Grand. Now I was the one with the concentration problem. If I kept this up, I’d have a hard time blocking out my classmates’ feelings. I stretched my legs a bit and tugged at my jeans. Jaysus.

Was I thirteen again?

Keeping other people’s emotions out of my head was like blocking calls on my mobile. Normally, most empaths had about a ten- to twenty-foot reading range, so it wasn’t too taxing on me, having been an empath since childhood. Unless my concentration was shot to hell, blocking was as simple as breathing. Soon, staying open to Lucky meant she’d have her own ringtone in my head, and I’d be able to lock on to her feelings without having to do anything at all.

When the class bell rang, Lucky bent to pick up a small pile of textbooks from the floor. I hoped she wasn’t one of those geeks who carried her books around with her all day. Then again, maybe she was avoiding her locker because of me. The thought left me frowning.

As she got ready to leave, I waited for her. “Going to your locker?” I pointed at her books.

Her surprise came over to me in a gentler ripple than had her other emotions. The gentleness reminded me of a calm day on Galway Bay—the sand, small waves nipping at my toes, and the sun, glorious on my back. The surprise felt like a warm ocean spray I hadn’t been expecting.

“Yeah,” she said with a sheepish grin.

“Brilliant. I’m heading there too.”

She bit back a smile, her excitement feeling like a frothy surf tickling my toes.

When we approached the door, she rushed to catch it before it shut, almost dropping her books. Most girls would’ve stood back and waited for me to make a dash to open it, making sure I was being attentive. Lucky didn’t seem to want any such nonsense, and I felt a bit off, like I’d put my trainers on the wrong feet. I couldn’t shake the feeling of being in unchartered waters.

She stepped to the side and held the door open for me—for me—and I had to dive forward to help her steady the load of books threatening to fall.

“Here,” I said. “I’ll help you carry these—”

“No. I mean, that’s okay. You’ve got your own to carry.”

I sensed a genuine concern from her, as if she were afraid to be imposing on me, not something I’d been expecting. I stepped closer, meaning to convince her to let me help, but then her eyes snapped up and met mine. The softness and sincerity in them froze me to the spot. Lighter and more vibrant than the other brown eyes I’d forced myself to stare into—all in the name of being romantic— her eyes drew me in like a kaleidoscope, with amber and black flecks peppering her irises. A soft gasp escaped her lips, and I understood how she felt. With each blink of her long eyelashes, it felt like an eternity before I’d see her eyes again. I had a strange urge to brush my finger over the tips of her lashes.

I swallowed against the dryness in my throat. “I–I just have one book. In my bag.” Jaysus Christ. What is she doing to me? I couldn’t get sucked in. I wouldn’t. If I expected anything, it’d only turn into another disappointment.





About Shaila: As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever- after, Shaila’s younger self would finish reading Cinderella and fling her copy across the room because it didn’t mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she’s a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. She enjoys traveling, craft beer, and teas, and loves reading books—especially in cozy window seats. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or connecting with other readers online at: www.shailapatelauthor.com

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GIVEAWAY!!

(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.
(10) winners will receive a SOULMATED Swag Pack, US Only.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Chompy and the Munchy Bunch, Volumes 1 & 2



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FREE ON KINDLE, 1/23 & 1/24/17!
click to buy: volume 1  volume 2

ABOUT THE BOOKS:


What began as a way to keep her grandchildren entertained, has evolved into a series of exciting tales about Chompy, a carrot with superpower eyesight, and his pals . . . 



The Secret Formula: When Chompy learns about an ancient carrot formula that gives super-powered eyesight, he knows he must find it! But the journey leads Chompy and his pals to the mysterious mansion of Doc Peppa, where strange things begin to happen.
Search for the Hidden Treasure: A secret treasure is hidden deep inside the mysterious Peppa Mansion! Chompy, Salty, and Weiner set out to solve the mystery . . . but will Candybar shake up their plans? Will Chompy Juice be involved?
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HALL WAYS REVIEW: These books are silly and fun with illustrations and characters children will love.  They are super quick to read, engaging, and each has a full plot line to enjoy.  These stories feel just like what they are -- a creative response to when a grandchild says, "Gramma, tell me a story!" 

Especially in book two, Search for the Hidden Treasure, author Nancy Beaule uses lots of figurative language. This not only enriches the story, but it would be a great way to teach even the very young about writing devices like similes and metaphors.  Book two also brings a new illustrator, but the changes are subtle and improved (I could tell Salty was a potato chip in this one, where I wasn't really sure what he was in The Secret Formula.) 

The writing is suitable for the intended audience, whether as a read-aloud for the youngest or independent reading for stronger readers. It is virtually error-free and cleanly edited. (The Grammar Policewoman in me doesn't like to see incorrect ellipses in both books, but I doubt any child reader will notice or care!)  I do find it peculiar that our main character, Chompy, who is a carrot, eats carrots and then even grows them to blend them into a juice (a cannibalistic carrot??). I would very much like to test run this book with a child and see if he/she finds this odd -- or perhaps just oddly entertaining!
   
Silliness abounds, and who can resist stories that include haunted houses, secret formulas, and practical jokes? I definitely recommend you check-out Chompy and friends with your kids. And be sure to visit the author's website to get a recipe for your kids to make their own Chompy Juice!   

Thank you to the author for providing me eBooks in exchange for my honest opinion -- the only kind I give.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nancy's path toward becoming a children's book author was a bit different, having spent the last 30 years as an entrepreneur/inventor.  In 1996 she invented a product called the Pie Saver (foil rings that prevent pies from burning). Nancy loves creating, and that along with an interest in children's nutrition, led her to develop this series. The kids love the antics of Chompy and his pals, and parents appreciate the underlying nutritional message! Nancy has two children and three grandchildren and lives in Maine and Florida with her husband of 41 years.