Tuesday, September 20, 2016

All About Sundials: Guest Post by Sandra Cox

Every time I get to help Sandra Cox with a book release, I get excited. It means I have another fun book of hers to read!!! Her books always fall directly in my area of interest. From the first line of her blurb, I knew I'd love Sundial. Today, Sandra Cox is guest posting here...be sure to scroll down after her post to read all about her latest release! Get it quickly--it's on sale for $.99 from September 19-25!!!


All About Sundials
by Sandra Cox

Thanks so much for hosting me today, Stephanie. It’s always fun visiting with you and your followers.

Today, I’d like to chat about sundials.

What exactly is a sundial?

To quote Merriam Webster a sundial is: ‘a device that is used to show the time of day by the position of the sun and that consists of a plate with markings like a clock and an object with a straight edge that casts a shadow onto the plate.’

At one point in our history, even though decorative, sundials were the only way to measure time. These days they make lovely garden accessories. I have one, though unfortunately it’s a replica, not the real deal.

When people think of reading a sundial, they think in terms of hours, what time of day it is. In Sundial this instrument doesn’t measure in hours but infinite time.

When Sarah Miles, the protagonist, finds an ancient sundial in a fortune teller’s garden and reaches out to examine it, her world falls off its axis.

So be warned. The next time you see a sundial in a garden, think twice before touching it.


As Sarah Miles drives down Eighteenth Street a stranger materializes in front of her car. She throws on her brakes, braces for impact and...drives straight through him. For a brief moment, his voice echoes in her head, "Saura." Then he's gone. Later that day, she discovers the SUNDIAL and her incredible journey through time begins.


“Let go, dammit.”

She let go and fell, landing on her rump in the soggy marsh grass.

He looked down at her as he gathered his reins. “Next time, throw your leg all the way over and don’t kick the poor beast to death. I wish I could say it’s been a pleasure. What I can say, with certainty, is it’s been damn peculiar.” He tightened his knees. The stallion reared, making her scoot backwards on her bottom.

He gave her an elegant half-bow. “Ma’am.”

Heat flashed behind her eyes. “You always were an arrogant bastard.” Nerves pricked her skin. How would I know that?

“And you were always an imp of Satan,” he shot back. The words were no sooner out than a look of bewilderment settled over his handsome features.

For one frozen moment his gaze met hers. Time fell away. Recognition leaped between them.

Her heart jumped and her breath quickened.

He made a violent motion with his hand, rejection stamped on his face. He wheeled his horse and raced away.


Sandra writes YA Fantasy, Romance, and Metaphysical Nonfiction. She lives in sunny North Carolina with her husband, a brood of critters and an occasional foster cat. The last animal member of the family, a kitten, came hurtling out of the woods in southern Illinois to land at her feet. He made the trek back to North Carolina and wasted no time settling into the household.

Although shopping is high on the list, her greatest pleasure is sitting on her porch, listening to the birds, sipping coffee or a latte and enjoying a good book. She's a vegetarian and a Muay Thai enthusiast.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Introducing Truth or Dare by Barbara Dee

Today is my:

I'm celebrating by participating in a super-exciting blog tour for an author I truly admire. Barbara Dee was writing for Aladdin M!x when I wrote my first book for them--I remember reading her books every day before going to my day job and hoping someday I could have as many books out as she does. And now, we share a publisher! 

I just finished reading her latest book, Truth or Dare, and you'll get my review later this month--but now it's time to tell you about it so you can order it!


A few white lies during a simple game of truth or dare spin out of control and make life very complicated for Lia in this brand-new novel from Barbara Dee.

When Lia returns after a summer with her eccentric aunt, it feels like everything has changed within her group of five friends. Everyone just seems more…dramatic. And after playing a game of Truth or Dare, Lia discovers how those divides are growing wider, and tells a few white lies about what really happened over the summer in order to “keep up.” But is “keeping up” with her BFFs really worth it?


"Dee has a keen ear for middle school worries. Her characters talk and act like young adolescents…This is a good book to give to middle schoolers, especially young women on the verge of puberty. They will recognize themselves and their friends and may decide that when it comes to forging friendships, honesty works better than fanciful tales."—School Library Journal

"Although the characters are archetypal, they’re well enough rounded to add excruciating reality and believably illustrate one of the many forms of bullying. Lia’s problems ring fully true, and her eventually learned life lessons are timeless. Entertaining bibliotherapy but also a useful road map to resolution of the age-old problem of severe cattiness."—Kirkus

"Dee captures the anxious intensity of a middle school friend group with crystal clarity and warm sympathy…The book offers plenty of understanding, with some extra wisdom for girls worried about facing the harbingers of adolescence."—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


Barbara Dee is the author of The (Almost) Perfect Guide to Imperfect Boys, Trauma Queen, This Is Me From Now On, Solving Zoe (Bank Street Best Children’s Books), and Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Her next book, Star-Crossed, will be published by Aladdin/S&S Spring 2017. Barbara is one of the founders and directors of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her family, two naughty cats, and a rescue hound dog named Ripley. Barbara blogs at FromtheMixedUpFiles.com. Read more about Barbara at BarbaraDeeBooks.com.