Sunday, 30 June 2013

I'm Not Crazy, I'm on Lupron; by Stacey Rourke

According to CDC, infertility effects 11% of women in the US. Author Stacey Rourke shares her own journey in her new book:

Basal body temperatures. Hormone injections. Invasive procedures - that leave no room for modesty. Tips on “effective positions” from well-meaning grandparents. 

When the natural way fails to work these are all added to the so called “fun” process of making a baby. Walk this rocky path to motherhood with author Stacey Rourke as she openly and honestly shares every good, bad, and awkward step of her three-year long journey. Using humor to break through the perils of infertility, she gives the lowdown on all the strange, embarrassing, and heartbreaking aspects. Stacey guides us through an unforgettable path that ends with a kid on each hip and hope for all those suffering with infertility. 

BONUS MATERIAL: “Morsels of Hope”
Success Stories from Infertility Survivors

Buy I'm Not Crazy, I'm on Lupron: A Journey Through Infertility at Amazon and B&N

If you are facing your own struggles, Stacey wants you to know you aren't alone.

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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Paranormal Days Gone Awry – Anthology by Anchor Group

Type: Fantasy YA

Published: October 2012

We are treated to 13 stories by 13 different authors all based around the paranormal. There are creatures from ghosts, vampires, demons, flying –eagle type kiss ass girls and elemental mermaid types. So there is a complete cross-section which has something for everyone.

I have already read most of these authors and really enjoyed taking another peek at the world of Keni, from Stacey Rourke who really has such a flow to a story that it is impossible not to like and Dani from Elizabeth Kirke, whose babysitting duties are wonderfully funny to read. Amy Richie’s touching story about a guardian elf learning what it really means to care for a young girl who needs his love and acceptance, was lovely.

I also discovered some new authors along the way. I will be checking out R.K Ryals for sure, the introduction of Monroe, a witch who taps into demonic power was written well and made me want more. This has great mix of writing and well worth a read, especially if you are a fan of fantasy.


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The Sidekick Chronicles V2 by Stacey Rourke

The call of the sea
The promise of adventure.

For Rowan Wade, the need to return to his swashbuckling ways is enough to betray the only woman he’s cared for in over three hundred years.

With vengeance in his heart, he’s determined to exact his revenge on those that mutinied against his father.

The arrival of an unlikely ally challenges Rowan’s plans. Her goal isn't to stop him, but to lead him on a journey of self-discovery to unravel the mysteries of the twisted path that led him to the Dark Army.

Will it be enough to make the pirate shift course? Or will he be lost forever in a rum-induced haze? Hoist ye colors and prepare to set sail with the Gryphon Series’ favorite pirate!

What people are saying about the series
"The series in a whole is quite amazing. It leaves you breathless with all the cliffhangers, hot sexy men, and the courageous heroine!
Dying for more while agonizing over when the next book come out."
~ M. Abbott

" The Gryphon series Is packed with supernatural creatures, action, romance and comedy. The characters are so awesome, you will want to meet them for real.
These books hooked me and my non reading teenagers and won't let go!"
~H. Alexander'

"Oh My Gryphon! This series is great and I love how Stacey Rourke takes her humor and sassiness and brings it to the next level!"
~M. Williams

"The first that I was actually able to get my teen-aged daughter to read! She then came back begging me to grab her the whole series!
Sure to make you LOL time and time again, so be warned of where you read!"
~ Phenomenal Reviews

Find her books
All of her books are currently only $0.99
The Conduit

The Sidekick Chronicles (A Gryphon Series Novella)


About The Author

Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012.
2012 InD'tale Rone Awards Finalist for Young Adult Teen Romance
Stacey Rourke is the author of the Gryphon Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this series as well as other literary projects.
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Monday, 17 June 2013

What a difference a 'Book' makes

When I first started to write it was something to keep me occupied when my boys went into full time education. I work part time but when I wasn't working I needed a project to keep my brain from giving up altogether, though I know some of you think it's too late for that and you never know you may have a point.

I had no pre-conceived ideas of what I was supposed to do, I simply sat in front of my computer and wrote and wrote. At no point did I stop and look at what I'd done, I just did and I'm telling you it wasn't pretty. My first draft had every minute detail in it but it didn't matter it wasn't for anyone to read just for me to keep busy. It went into a draw and I started again on a different project. After a little time I pulled it out, passed it to a friend who thought there was potential and that's when the hard work started. I edited and edited to a point that I felt it wasn't the same book, it had lost its spark, so I re-wrote the whole thing. Did I mention that I had no idea what I was doing.

Luckily for me I sent it to a great editor that happened to be part of Anchor Group Publishing and for her sins, she asked if I would like them to publish Pulse. There was no bribery or witchcraft involved I promise.

I have since written the second in the series and sent it back off to Melissa, the said editor and fingers crossed it will be coming out later this year. I have now started the last in the trilogy and unconsciously noticed that I am editing as I go along. Which I know 'may' save me time in the long run but feel that some of my flow has been stifled. Strange isn't it, that I hate leaving all the editing until the end but feel it stops me from writing when I do it after each chapter, maybe I'm strange, no scratch that, I am strange and proud of it.

So what has been my solution, well I am back to paper and pen. I have always loved writing on paper and now I remember why. When writing directly onto the computer I have to think and structure each sentence however with paper and pen I can write the same sentence ten times if I want to and it never looks strange because nobody else is going to see it, let's be honest nobody else would be able to read it, I could have been a doctor with the state of my handwriting. I have even written the same scene two or three times, now that may look a little silly on a laptop but on a piece of paper it's just what I need.

I will leave with the image of a growing mountain of exercise books, filled with my nonsense taking over my bed room, living room and creeping into the kitchen.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Daugther of the Red Dawn - Alicia Michaels

Type:- YA - Fantasy

Release date: September 2012

Selena is a teenager living in small town America and can’t wait to leave. She has never fitted in, never belonged and only hopes that once she finishes school she will find her place. When a stranger walks into her life she learns exactly how different she is. Thrown into another world to find she is a lost Princess who is now needed to thwart an evil queen, who banished her in the first place. She has been planning to take over the magical world and only Selena, along with six other banished Princesses can stop her. Selena has to deal with magical creatures, a family who she has never known and her soul mate, who happens to be a werewolf.
 Alicia’s writing style really lets the story flow to great effect, her description when Selena crosses into Fallada are wonderful, I really felt as though I could see it all. I also love the twist of the way Selena and Titus talk to one another it works well. It is an enchanting fairy tale that everyone will love.