Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cover Reveal: Girl Without a Face by Medeia Sharif

Today I'm participating in the cover reveal for an author we all miss out here in the blogosphere. Medeia Sharif may have closed her blog, but she's still writing like mad! Here's her brand new cover. Scroll down to read all about the book!




Blurb:

Destiny awakes with amnesia. She had been driving on a wet road, about to leave flowers at a memorial marker of a deceased classmate, when she almost met that same fate.

Her mother, Mildred, is restrictive. She doesn’t want Destiny to have her cellphone, which a nurse sneaks into her room. It’s useless since Destiny doesn’t have the passcode. After her hospital stay, she enters her mother’s overbearing household. Mildred becomes physically abusive, and Destiny fights back.

When Mildred is away, Destiny leaves with her neighbor, Gabriel, whom she’s developing feelings for, and they drive around to jog her memory. She’s positive she crashed near a memorial marker. When they find the marker in question, and when she remembers her phone’s passcode, her identity is questionable and Mildred is even crazier than she at first thought. Destiny is eager to escape Mildred’s household and find out who she really is.

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Bio:


Medeia Sharif was born in New York City and presently calls Miami her home. She received her master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. Published through various presses, she writes middle grade and young adult short stories and novels. In addition to being a writer, she’s a public school teacher.




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Friday, February 17, 2017

Be Careful Where You Set Your Bag

We've all seen those undercover reports that reveal germy things. It's the very reason most of us never stay in a hotel room without taking along these:


But if you carry a purse, you may want to look for that tub of Lysol wipes before you read this. Even if you don't carry a purse, if you have one of these...


...or these...


...this could apply to you.

A study found that a woman's purse was germier than a toilet seat. Yes, a toilet seat. Why? Because of this:


Even if you never take your bag into the bathroom, are you really sure about the cleanliness of that restaurant floor? Chances are the bottoms of people's shoes have walked right over that spot after a trip to the bathroom.


People also put their purses here, which just may also have something to do with the fecal matter the research found.


The solution? Some people use these:


Or these:


You could also choose a lightweight purse that you can just wear if you're in a location with no place to store your purse.


If you're superstitious, there's one more reason you shouldn't set your purse on the floor. Feng shui says, "A purse on the floor is money out the door." Supposedly by setting your purse on the floor, you're showing disrespect for all of the money it contains.

Do you ever set your bags on the floor?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Closet Geek Girl: Guest Post by Patricia Josephine

Today I'm so excited to be part of Patricia Josephine's launch week. She's visiting with a guest post about her main character's not-so-hidden geek side. Scroll down after the post to read all about the book.

The Closet Geek Girl
by Patricia Josephine

One thing readers may notice when they read Abducted Life is the geek references with Savannah. She wears a Firefly shirt, has Futurama PJs, watches Doctor Whoand there's a reference to Rocky Horror Picture Show. I juxtaposition all that with her being a cheerleader and a popular girl in her high school.

Those two things don't really seem to mix when you look at real life. If left me toying with removing the geek girl parts of Savannah. Maybe I only did it because I'm enthusiastic about that stuff so I can't help but make her that way. In the end, I left Savannah as is because the thought of her being both a geek girl and a popular cheerleader was an interesting character trait that fit her.

Savannah, I hope, comes off as a strong character. She does what she likes and
loves what she loves. No alien abduction can change that about her. If anything, it might have made her a little more aggressive about defending her passions.

Of course, it wasn't always like that. Before her life got turned upside down, I saw her as a closet geek girl. In high school, she kept her fan girling to herself. Only one person knew her secret and she trusted him enough to keep it safe. Then she thought she lost him. At the same time she also fell from grace in the popular circles. It left her with only her fandoms for solace, so by the time the story happens, she no longer cares about popularity or what people think of her geekiness.




Blurb:


Savannah Janowitz’s perfect life was destroyed the night she and her boyfriend vanished without a trace. When she reappears a year later––alone––she’s a shell of her former self. Robbed of her popularity and her boyfriend, she has no memory of what happened to her. Savannah struggles to move forward as strange, new abilities manifest.



Evan Sullivan never gave extra-terrestrials much thought until the night he and Savannah were abducted. While Savannah’s memory was wiped clean, he remembers every horrific detail. Constantly reminded of the experiments that made him less than human, Evan hides in the shadows and watches Savannah rebuild her life without him.



But neither can let the other go. When their paths cross, Savannah and Evan finally see a glimmer of their old lives return. As they face what happened to them, they soon discover they aren’t safe. There’s more to fear than what’s hiding in the stars.



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Bio:


Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. She writes Young Adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.



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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Introducing You Throw Like a Girl by Rachele Alpine

Today I'm excited to introduce you to a fun new book by an author who shares both an agent and an editor with me. Rachele Alpine's books are amazing, so I can't wait to dig into this one. Scroll down to read all about You Throw Like a Girl!




Blurb:

Miss Congeniality meets She’s the Man in this hilarious M!X novel about a girl torn between competing in a beauty pageant and playing on the boy’s baseball team.

Gabby’s summer vacation isn’t shaping up to be that great. Her dad was just deployed overseas, and Gabby is staying at her grandmother’s house with her mom and baby sister until he returns.

The one bright spot is that Gaby plans to sign up for the local softball league—her greatest love and a passion she shares with her Dad who was a pitcher in college. But when Gabby goes to sign up for the summer league, she discovers that there wasn’t enough interest to justify a girl’s team this year. And to top it off, a horrible miscommunication ends with Gabby signed up to participate in the Miss Popcorn Festival—the annual pageant that Gabby’s mom dominated when she was younger.

Besides not having any interest in the pageant life, Gabby made a promise to her dad that she would play softball for the summer. Since her pitching skills rival any boy her age, Gabby creates a master plan: disguise herself as a boy and sign up for the boy’s baseball team instead—and try to win the pageant to make Mom happy. Can Gabby juggle perfecting her pageant walk and perfecting her fastball? Or will this plan strike out?


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Bio:


One of Rachele Alpine’s first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. Rachele is a high school English teacher by day, a wife and mother by night, and a writer during any time she can find in between.  She lives in Cleveland, Ohio where she writes middle grade and young adult novels. Visit her at RacheleAlpine.com.



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Monday, February 13, 2017

Mystery Monday: Michael Peterson

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...



If you're a novelist, you might find this week's mystery interesting. It involves a best-selling novelist accused of killing his wife. This is one of his books:



Before he was a novelist, Michael Peterson was a Duke University graduate and former Marine. He lived with his wife in Durham, North Carolina in this 10,000+ square foot house:



Michael married Nortel executive Kathleen Atwater in 1989. They combined their children from previous marriages into one happy family.



On Sunday, December 9, 2001, according to Michael, he and Kathleen watched a movie. Around 11:00, the movie ended and they took their glasses of wine to the pool area.


Image credit: The Staircase

They talked for a while on the lounge chairs until it got so late, Kathleen decided to go in.

At 2:40 a.m., 911 received a call from a frantic Michael Peterson, saying he'd found his wife at the bottom of the stairs. When the operator asked how many stairs his wife had fallen down, Michael said, "What? Huh???" After she repeated the question two more times, he finally said, "Oh 15, 20. I don't know. Please! Get somebody here, right away. Please!"



Kathleen was dead by the time first responders arrived. He said that she must have fallen down the stairs after drinking too much wine. Her blood alcohol level was .07.



Unfortunately for Michael, the evidence called Kathleen's cause of death into question. Seven lacerations were found on the top of her head, consistent with someone being hit over the head with a blunt object. Later, Michael would claim that she must have been attacked by an owl while walking back to the house from the pool. Traces of a bird's feather were found in Kathleen's hand, mixed with pieces of her hair.



However, blood spatter on Michael's pants and the wall indicated he'd been involved...and that she'd struggled with her attacker at the bottom of the stairs. There was also the fact that in 1986, Michael had a friend named Elizabeth Ratliff who had also been found dead at the bottom of the stairs.


Elizabeth Ratliff

In 2003, Michael was found guilty of the murder of Kathleen Peterson. However, in 2011 the case was overturned as part of an investigation of the state's blood analyst, Duane Deaver. Deaver was one of the top witnesses against Michael, along with serving as top witness in many other cases, and when he was fired it called several convictions into question. Michael Peterson was released from jail on December 16, 2011.



A new trial is set to begin in May. The evidence will be presented again, although it isn't certain whether the prosecution will be allowed to mention Michael's extramarital activities. Apparently, he'd been involved in same-sex affairs. In the original case, the prosecution suggested that night, his wife discovered an email he'd sent to a male escort. When she confronted him about it, they theorized he'd used a fireplace poker to kill her.



Do you think Michael Peterson is guilty?