Jo Michaels’ UtopYA 2015 Resolutions!

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Hi all and welcome to the next installment of the UtopYA Resolutions feature, hosted by Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous and me, The Paisley Reader! Each Tuesday either Ashley or I with have guest posts from authors, bloggers, editors, cover models, designers, publicists, or any UtopYA attendee in which they share the resolutions they’ve made for the year between the 2014-2015 conferences.

This week I am happy to say that today’s guest on my blog is Jo Michaels, so take it away Jo!

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– Jo Michaels
– Author, EIC – IBGW, and Reader
– Attended UtopYA in 2014 and will be there in 2015 as one of the Official utopYA2015 Bloggers


Before my bestie and fellow EIC, Tia Silverthorne Bach, told me about UtopYA, and asked me if it might be something I’d want to attend with her, I’d never heard of it. Of course, after looking over the…

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Betraying Ever After Blog Tour (Author Kelly Martin)

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Title: Betraying Ever After
Author: Kelly Martin
Series: A Shattered Fairy Tale
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing
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An earl in need of an honorable wife.

A servant in love with a man she can’t have.

An evil plan that was set in motion years ago coming to fruition.

Can love conquer betrayal? Or will Emma’s fairytale end at midnight?

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Excerpt

Miss Emma’s eyes opened, and she looked as if she had been in a pleasant daze. What, if anything, had he done to cause it? Because he would surely do it again.

“Pardon me?” she answered hoarsely, her dream-filled eyes finding his.

Exquisite.

His breathing hitched. He tried to look away but couldn’t. Such beautiful eyes. So full of— He couldn’t place what it was. Longing, possibly. What was he saying? Oh yes. “Your head, my lady. You said you must leave because it ached so.”

She broke eye contact, making him exhale the breath he had no idea he’d been holding. Surely the old cobblestone flooring of the balcony couldn’t be more interesting to look at than he.

“Yes, my lord. It does still hurt.”

“No wonder, with so much hair piled up there. I never understood it. Why women grow their hair to such lengths only to shorten it and toss it on their heads in such elaborate ways is beyond me.” Instinctively, he reached up to brush a loose curl which had fallen around her face. Before his fingers could feel the silken strand, he caught himself, cleared his throat, and lowered his hand. What was he doing?

She smiled, and the world was wonderful again. Sadly, she took it upon herself to place the stray curl behind her ear. “I take it, my lord, you prefer a woman’s hair down about her shoulders.”

“I do.” Vaughan relaxed a bit, but only a bit. His fingers still trembled to touch her. “Just as you wore yours the first night I saw you.”

Even with the limited light, he saw her cheeks blush and her gaze fall to the floor once more. That wouldn’t do. To get through this, he needed her eyes on him. He needed it as much as he needed to breathe. Lightly, he placed his trembling finger under her small chin and tilted it slightly until her eyes locked with his. There. Perfect.

When he lowered his hand, she didn’t lower her eyes. She kept the seductive blue orbs trained on him. His pulse quickened.

Without looking away, Miss Emma nibbled her enticing lip. “That was a last-minute decision.”

“The hair down?” he said, just to keep polite conversation going. If he had his choice, she would already have his ring on her finger and her back against the far wall. His lips would be on her neck, and his hands… well, they would find their own way.

“The entire thing.” With that, her eyes shifted. No longer were they filled with what he had hoped was desire. Now they held something else. Fear? No. What could this exquisite woman have to fear? Most definitely nothing from him. Could she not see how she affected him? With all his might, he wanted to protect her from the fear. He wanted to show her what she meant to him.

But he couldn’t move too quickly. It would scare her more if he did, and he couldn’t live with himself if he frightened her off. He did what he normally did if things got worrisome. He tried to boost the mood. Pushing down all of his nerves and trepidation, he smiled as brightly as he could muster. “Nothing is gained if torture is involved. If it hurts you, my lady, take it down.”

That most certainly got her attention. Her perfect baby blues widened. “Down? My hair? No, my lord. No. There will be talk for sure. Even more than already has transpired, no doubt.”

“Perhaps, but people talk. It is what they do.” He chuckled. “Please. For me.” Vaughan had been forward with women before. In fact, in Italy, he’d made it his mission. But there had never been love involved with those women. If she wanted her hair down, then she should wear it down. If society talked, let them talk. Outside on the chilly veranda, it was only the two of them. No titles. No money. Nothing keeping them apart. Just Emma and Vaughan.

“Please,” he asked again, praying she would concede.

Her delicate lips blew out a tension-filled breath, but she nodded in agreement. Her hand rose to the painful first pin holding the mass of curls and hesitated.

“Allow me,” he whispered before she could change her mind.

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Author Bio

Kelly Martin
Kelly Martin is the bestselling author of heart pounding and heart-felt contemporary, historical, and YA romance. She has been married for over ten years and has three rowdy, angelic daughters. When Kelly isn’t writing, she loves watching YouTube and drinking white chocolate mochas. You can follow her writing adventure at www.kellymartinbooks.com

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The Report:

Kelly Martin’s Betraying Ever After was given as a gift in exchange for an honest review.  I have to say that I cheated myself.  I opened the book and what I thought was Chapter 1 was actually the first chapter of the next book in the series.  I found myself getting upset because I thought that I didn’t have the rest of the book.  I was really looking forward to the read.  The downfall of that was I already knew what happened in the first book of the series having read the first chapter of the second book in the series.  I had to adjust.  A pet peeve of mine is knowing or figuring out he ending before I read a book.

Regardless of all of that, I did read the book.  I felt so bad for the heroine, Elizabeth.  The poor thing had to endure so much that wasn’t her own to endure.  I love happily ever afters.  I truly enjoy when all of things are neatly tied up.  I enjoyed the concept, the cover was gorgeous and the period is one of my favorite periods in history.  This was quite a lovely little piece.  I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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My rating system:

1 – There’s no hope.  I couldn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. (pink star)

1 STAR

2 – There were a couple good moments, but back to the keyboard with you (gold stars)

2-Stars

3 – There is potential there.  Wonderful things, just needs fine tuning (pink stars)

3 pink stars

4 – It was a good read. Something was just missing (pink stars)

4 STARS

4.5 – You had me.  I was on the verge, but not there yet. (purple stars)

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5 -It was a wonderful read.  It grabbed me. (pink stars)

 5 STARS

5 – I absolutely love it and I’m recommending it to friends and I’ll remember it. (gold stars)

5-star hot loved it

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My rating system (How I rate/review books

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The Report

I love books.  I always have and I always will.  I have read some fantastic works and some that weren’t so fantastic.  All of this is a matter of my opinion.  I share the works that I enjoy and try to give feedback on the ones that I don’t.  I know some authors that don’t like to see anything negative about their book.  To each it’s own.  I am not that author.  I love feedback whether negative or positive.  The positives reinforce my good feelings about my abilities.  The negatives allow me an opportunity for room to grow.  Anything I say on any of my posts are my opinion.  A person can read into what they choose, but that is all that I am offering when I review a work.  I do not review to berate or antagonize an author or their works.  Having said that, here is how things work:

1. Submit a request with the book that you would like to have reviewed to yabookreport@gmail.com

2. Allow 4-6 weeks (unless it is a special request for a blog tour), for reading and review.

3. The review will be completed once the book has been read.  A rating will be posted with the review.

4. The review will be posted here on this site and the Facebook site along with Goodreads, B&N and Amazon.  A tag to the author will be attempted, but not promised.

That’s it! You’re done.  A form may soon follow for future sign ups.

My rating system:

1 – There’s no hope.  I couldn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. (pink star)

1 STAR

2 – There were a couple good moments, but back to the keyboard with you (gold stars)

2-Stars

3 – There is potential there.  Wonderful things, just needs fine tuning (pink stars)

3 pink stars

4 – It was a good read. Something was just missing (pink stars)

4 STARS

4.5 – You had me.  I was on the verge, but not there yet. (purple stars)

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5 -It was a wonderful read.  It grabbed me. (pink stars)

 5 STARS

5 – I absolutely love it and I’m recommending it to friends and I’ll remember it. (gold stars)

5-star hot loved it

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Available now from Author Angel Lawson

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Just in Time for Halloween!

The Complete Wraith Trilogy in One Bundle!

Read the thrilling YA paranormal series that follows seventeen-year-old Jane Watts as she navigates the thin line between this world and the afterlife. Friendship, love and family are put to the test in Wraith, Shadow Bound and Grave Possession. Now all together in one fantastic bundle!

Includes an additional excerpt of Connor’s point of view during his time before meeting Jane, titled We’re All Mad Here.

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On sale for a limited time!

2.99 for all three books!

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You can find out more about Angel Lawson on her website at angellawson.com

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Making math fun for children…A cute children’s book

I’ve been asked this question before and I have advised people on this subject.  This blog brought up some really fun ideas and I just had to share them.

Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck is a great resource – and lots of fun too! Laura’s mission is “to make math a fun part of kids’ everyday lives” and she absolutely achieves this goal. Not only are her stories amusing and her math problems entertaining, but she also provides just the right amount of humor and fact-based information. It’s a winning combination and a valuable addition to your bookshelf! Learn more about why we recommend Bedtime Math in the Sweet on Books review.

Math is not just for bedtime, though. We agree with Laura that doing math with your kids is actually a good idea any time of the day. Use Bedtime Math to help you get started, and then take it from there by incorporating math into your daily routine. Wondering how to do it?

Here are 10 ideas from Sweet on Books

  • Bring your kids on your next shopping trip and do some price comparisons.
  • Invite your kids to cook with you so they can practice measuring. Using a recipe will also help with following directions. Those cookies won’t work with a cup of baking soda instead of a teaspoon. Believe me, I know from experience!
  • When eating at a restaurant, let your kids add up items to predict the total cost and let them help you figure out the tip.  ”A steak costs how much???”
  • Watch and play sports – there are endless opportunities for counting, percentages, statistics, and making predictions.
  • Count whenever possible – how many shirts are you buying? How many blue cars can you spot? How many ducks do you see? How many stuffed dogs do you have, and do you really need a 12th?
  • Work math into art projects by creating patterns and by using a ruler to measure distances.
  • Look for shapes in everything you see. What shape is the iPhone? Do you see any other rectangles in the room?  How many different shapes can you find at the park?
  • Make up word problems that make sense in the real world. If we are making dinner for five people and each person will eat two burgers, how many burgers should we buy?
  • Make a game out of organizing things at home. Sort through your kids’ collections – shells, coins, bouncing balls, etc. – count the items, and store them in fun containers.
  • And, of course, we always recommend reading books that focus on math!”

So there you have it.  I just couldn’t go without sharing this.

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The 99 Cent Club–Feature 119–Ten Books for Ten Bucks

A nice compilation of books to add to your TBR list.

Books: The Cheapest Vacation You Can Buy

Every Saturday, I run a feature for the 99 Cent Club, and below are the ebook picks for this week that caught my eye and are currently ONLY 99 Cents on Amazon, with a few on Barnes and Noble as well. These are NOT permanent prices, so please double check pricing before pressing the buy button. Enjoy! (If you could help give these authors some love by spreading the word, that would be epic.)

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“This is not an ordinary haunt story. There are nice bits of original thinking along the way, especially in the relevance of the title, and the denouement left me with mixed feelings, identifying as much with the haunts as with the protagonist. I saw the terminal fillip coming, and it gratified me.”
Best-selling Fantasy and Science Fiction writer Piers Anthony

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Available now for purchase from Isabella Rose Norton

Isabella Rose Norton 

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First book published in May 2014: Singling Out Sable

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Synopsis:

My name is Sable Turner and I am a nobody. At least, that’s what it feels like most days. I can count on one hand the people who care about me and my well being. One is my sister Lizzie. The others are the hired help so they kind of get paid to care. My life is not as simple or as glamorous as you may think. Especially when you take into consideration that my mother and sister, Tabby are never around. My father is constantly traveling and my arch nemesis is my own flesh and blood cousin, who is hell bent on making my life as miserable as possible!

I did not realize how many people actually cared about me until after an unfortunate “accident.” Of course, based on how the past 16 years of my life have gone it takes a while for me to be able to actually trust that these people genuinely care about me and don’t just want something from me. My life seems to have gone from a nightmare where I constantly play the role of the invisible observer (unless I am getting bullied) to a life straight out of a fairytale. Complete with great friends, family relations on the mend and the hunky sports star! Like I said my name is Sable Turner and this is my story.

Purchase links:             Amazon                     Barnes & Noble

Second book published September 2014: Justice for Jenna

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Synopsis:

I’ve been a b****. I know this. It’s not something that I’m particularly proud of and it’s not something that I had intended to stop being. At least, I hadn’t until recently. I got what older people call “a taste of my own medicine.” I don’t think I deserved that taste. I have lived through a disgustingly dirty sea of pain and horror. I wanted others to feel that pain, know that fear. People would understand better if they knew my story. Sable probably wouldn’t care after everything that I did to her, everything I put her through. I wish I would’ve had the courage to let her know what was going on, instead of being the coward I was and giving her a glimpse of my pain.

I am Jenna Nielson Turner. I am the daughter of an abusive, alcoholic mother and the product of a sexual assault or so I’m told. If that wasn’t enough, add to it one of the members of the faculty here at Boardan High School believes I am to be his personal love slave until I graduate. So, yeah, I’m a b****, but I have some pretty good reasons to be. Being that person helps me cope with the hell that is my world, not just my d*** life.

Is it possible for one that has this as the introduction to their “Who am I?” essay to be open to love and be loved? Will she be able to except what is necessary for her to change? Or will she allow the surprises that come into her pathway to be the needed excuse to be just who she describes?

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The next book is soon to follow: Manipulating Justin Mead

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Isabella Rose Norton Information

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Bio: 

New to the Indie Author scene. Isabella Rose Norton currently resides in Savannah, GA with her loving college sweetheart, Daniel, and their lovely seven year​ old daughter. They have a beautiful yellow Labrador retriever aptly named Goldie.

Her first series is a set of books that are stand alones but will track the lives of the teens over the course of their remaining years of high school. It is set to be an eight book arc. The will be more to come even as these books are released.

She is a lover of books and she would have to say that her favorite book of all time would have to be Around the World in Eighty Days.

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