Thursday, April 20, 2017

Deep Extraction ~ ~ ~ Blog Tour, Trailer, & Giveaway!


DEEP EXTRACTION
An FBI Task Force Novel, Book 2
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By DiAnn Mills

  Genre: Contemporary / Mystery / Christian
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Date of Publication: April 4, 2017
Number of Pages: 413

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A pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore’s life. Instead, it provided his killer with a seemingly perfect means of execution.
A bombing at one of Nathan’s oil rigs days earlier indicates his death could be part of a bigger conspiracy, a web Special Agent Tori Templeton must untangle. But her first order of business is separating the personal from the professional—the victim’s wife, her best friend, is one of the FBI’s prime suspects.
Clearing Sally’s name may be the biggest challenge of her career, but Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan’s personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer—and to each other—the more intent someone is on silencing them for good.

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Praise for Deep Extraction
“Combined with intense action and stunning twists, this search for truth keeps readers on the edges of their favorite reading chairs.”  Romantic Times

“Mills many fans will devour” Library Journal

Goodreads readers praise Deep Extraction
“This was truly an amazing, suspenseful read that can be held up as an example of what good Christian suspense should be.” 

“DiAnn Mills' writing is evocative of an excellent crime show. Sharp and to the point. Just how I imagine law enforcement work, think and talk.”

“Mills' has captured the rush of adrenaline along with a good romance. Suspense and adventure are the real stars of this book.  Her motto is, "Expect an Adventure," and she achieves it in this book.”
 


DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association; International Thriller Writers, and the Faith, Hope, and Love chapter of Romance Writers of America. She is co-director of The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Chompy and the Munchy Bunch, Volume 3

Beaule, N. (2017). Chompy and the Munchy Bunch, Volume 3: Spud's First Day Surprise. Self-published.

Children's / Illustrated / Adventure

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Book Blurb: 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 . . . 

Salty's cousin Spud moves to Munchytown, but his first day in school gets off to a rough start! Spud runs away but soon discovers something special hidden deep inside the lonesome forest.
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HALL WAYS REVIEW: Spud's First Day Surprise, the third book in the Chompy and the Munchy Bunch series, has familiar characters from the first two books and introduces a few new ones -- primarily, the insecure and sometimes awkward Spud.  Readers will immediately feel sympathy or empathy for poor Spud and then anger at the resident bully, Candybar. Author Nancy Beaule, accompanied by the expressive illustrations by Lauren Goldstein (also illustrator of book 2, Search for the Hidden Treasure), does an excellent job of evoking emotions out of readers. 

Also excellent are Beaule's descriptions. From lighthearted to embarrassed and frightening to safe, the moods of the characters and the tones of the settings are easily imagined.  Her use of figurative language and short sentences will keep young readers engaged.  Repeat readers may find a giggle (I did!) that Chompy the carrot eats carrot cake! (He's a cannibal! Ha!)

As with the prior books, the writing level is perfect for the intended audience (ages 4-8), and it will work well as a read-alone or read-aloud book. The parent in me isn't a fan of the word "butt" used several times, but kids will like it (especially if it's forbidden fruit for some). The Grammar Policewoman in me would definitely issue some tickets for some inconsistency and errors with punctuation, but it's likely readers won't notice them, and none will impact the enjoyment of the book. (But, oh happy day when a child notices a grammar rule broken!)

Colorful, fun, and funny, Chompy, Volume is a story I recommend for pure silly enjoyment. I look forward to the fourth book in the series, coming in the fall of 2017. Thank you to the author for providing me a free eBook in exchange for my honest opinion -- the only kind I give. 

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.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Evidence of Things Not Seen ~ ~ Blog Tour, Trailer, & Giveaway!


EVIDENCE
OF THINGS NOT SEEN
by
By Lindsey Lane

  Genre: YA /  Mystery / Suspense
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Date of Publication: December 16, 2015
Number of Pages: 240

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Tommy Smythe is missing.
Fact: Tommy was good at physics and less good at basic human interactions.
Fact: Tommy recorded his thoughts and observations in a notebook.
Fact: Tommy believed in the existence of parallel universes.
Fact: Tommy was adopted.

The facts are simple. The conclusions to be drawn from the facts are not simple. Did he run away to find his birth parents? Did he slip through a wormhole and enter one of the multiple universes he believed in? Did he simply wander off? 

Only one thing is certain: until a possibility is proven true, all possibilities exist.

Told through multiple perspectives, here is a story about how residents of a small town seek answers to the mystery of a teen’s disappearance. 

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PRAISE FOR EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN:
“In her first novel for teens, Lane offers a gripping and genre bending mosaic.” - Publishers Weekly

“Complex and Rich” - Horn Book

"This is the kind of book you tuck in with and escape into, and it will stay with you long after you finish the last lines.  Haunting and beautiful.” - Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About AliceDevoted, and Afterward

“The narrative jiggers between unexpected opposites—joy and fear, love and violence, grief and hope—all the while holding forth the constant idea that the world offers us credible evidence of what seems impossible if we only know where to look.”  J.L. Powers, author of AminaThis Thing Called The Future, and the forthcoming Broken Circle

"Ever look at a pearl and notice that its one color is, in fact, many colors? That’s the beauty of EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN, the stunning debut novel by Lindsey Lane.” - Conrad Wesselhoeft, author of Adios NirvanaDirt Bikes, Drones and Other Ways To Fly

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Lindsey Lane is the author of the young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen (Farrar Straus Giroux) and the award-winning picture book and iTunes app Snuggle Mountain (Clarion/PicPocket Books). She is represented by Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Before she received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2010, Lindsey was a features journalist (Austin Chronicle and Austin American Statesman) and an award-winning playwright (The Miracle of Washing Dishes). Lindsey is a featured presenter at schools and conferences and universities and also teaches writing at Austin Community College, Writers League of Texas, and the Writing Barn. She lives in Austin, Texas but loves to travel, especially to the ocean. She loves books, films, good food and her cadre of dear friends. Her idea of a perfect evening is having a dinner party at her home with friends from around the world and discussing everything under the sun while eating, drinking, and laughing. 
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