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Check out these Black Friday Deals! Lee Strauss The Perception Series YA sci/fi dystopian boxed set $6.50$.99 Amazon only
Complete Perception Series set: Ambition, Perception, Volition and Contrition

The PERCEPTION Series books ( SF/mystery/romance) are Young Adult novels that take place in the not too distant future in a world changed by climate extremes, natural disasters and impending wars, and where scientific breakthroughs cause class divisions--both financially and philosophically. It explores the clash between faith and science and how differences can separate us as enemies or ally us together. And in some cases, even in the midst of betrayal and personal crisis, there's room to fall in love.

Leigh T. Moore


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iTunes: Kobo: Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-se…

Thanksgiving and Angels

One of my favorite pieces that I've written has never been published, per sea. It wasn't a story or a self-help guide. It wasn't for a training or a newspaper. It was my mother's obituary and shortened biography.  It may seem strange that I consider writing it an experience in joy. Yes, it was a dark and sad time But working on mom's bio was a great way to center my thoughts, appreciate her life and move forward. Today is not only Thanksgiving, but it is the anniversary of Mom's death - her Angel Day (to use the words from Ali Cross). And I felt like it was fitting today, to share her bio with all of you. Mom was a remarkable woman in a million-and-one ways. I continue to be blessed by her presence in my life!
The Life of Judi Dell Warren
Judi was born on February 25, 1940 in Los Angeles, CA. Growing up with modest means, she learned to appreciate every aspect of the life around her. In college she spent time as a singer, sharing her jazz and blues love throughou…

Author Spotlight: Rhys A Jones and The Obsidian Pebble

Time for more Author Spotlights! Today, I bring you author Rhys A Jones, the author of The Obsidian Pebble. This is a book I have not yet read, but really REALLY want to! 

Before I introduce Rhy's book, here is a little about him:
Rhys A Jones was born in 1955 and grew up in a mining village in South Wales with his nose in a book and his head in the clouds. He managed to subdue his imagination long enough to carve out a career in medicine, writing whenever the chance arose. In 1994, writing as Dylan Jones, he published his first scary book for adults, a thriller, which was subsequently made into a two-part film by the BBC. Other scary books followed. A growing desire to move away from adult thrillers and write for children is what currently preoccupies him. The Obsidian Pebble is the first in a quintet featuring eleven-year-old Oz Chambers whose family inherits a ‘haunted’ house. His mother wants to leave, but Oz wants to unlock the house’s mysteries and uncovers a secret that will ch…

Oh NaNo....It's So Not Happening

Hi All!

Well, I made a decision about NaNo over the weekend...yea, it's not happening. In the past, when I haven't been able to finish, I was upset, feeling like I had failed something. That isn't true this year. This year, I recognize the payoff to NaNo for me - even though I did not manage to finish.

First, I started a new book I am thrilled about.
Also, I planned out a new series I am equally thrilled about
And most importantly, I fell in love with writing....again.

So, I may not have cranked out 50K on a single work, but I managed to do so much more.

Hugs and congrats to everyone who has made it. WOO HOO!!!

Bookanista Review - The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Time for another Bookanista review. Today, I am bringing you my thoughts on Tracy Banghart's BY BLOOD. I actually read this a month ago or so, but I FINALLY get a chance to talk about it! But first, check out the other Bookanista posts:
Lenore Appelhans is loving being on the edge with DANGEROUS GIRLS by Abagail HaasShari Arnold is intrigued with SCARLETT by A.C. GaughenChristine Fonseca is making a happy noise for THE INVISIBLE BOY by Trudy LudwigTracy Banghart is revealing the cover for her upcoming book, SHATTERED VEIL Tracey Neithercott is crushing on SOLVING FOR EX by LeighAnne KopansKimberly Sabatini is reveling in YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE by Jennifer Castle On to my review -

About THE INVISIBLE BOY by Tracy Ludwig (10/08/13)
Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class.

When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welc…

Cover Reveal: Copper Ravens

Time for another fabulous Spencer Press book blast - and yes, this is another author I am so excited to meet one day: Jennifer Allis Provost!  Today, I am part of the cover reveal for her upcoming book COPPER RAVENS, a sequel to COPPER GIRL.

Before I reveal the cover, here is a little more about the book:

COPPER RAVENS (Spencer Hill Press, May 2014)

Sara should be happy. She has what every girl wants: a man who loves her, a beautiful home, and wealth beyond imagining. She rescued her brother from the Peacekeepers, destroyed the Iron Queen, and doesn’t have to go to her boring job any more. And yet… Sara still doesn’t know if her father is alive or dead. Her mother hides in the garden, brooding about her missing husband. Her sister, the Inheritor of Metal, is scared of her own shadow, and her brother spends his days fighting and gambling. To add to Sara’s misery, the new queen (gold, of course) is more than a bit crazy, she misses her life in the Mundane world, and, worst of all, Micah want…

Author Spotlight: Tracy Banghart and BY BLOOD

Time for more Author Spotlights! Today, I bring you Tracy Banghart. I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing her lastest book BY BLOOD a few weeks ago. She is an amazing author and someone on my list of people I'd really LOVE to meet one day. 

Before I introduce Tracy's books, here is a little about Tracy:
Tracy E. Banghart is a cheesy movie–loving, fantasy football–playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began “practicing” her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She loves visiting the international friends she met while pursuing her MA in Publishing and spends a portion of every summer at her family’s cabin in Canada, where she finds inspiration and lots of time to relax on the dock. She lives with her husband, son, two lazy dogs and one ornery cat. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is on a mission to bake the perfect cupcake.

Tracy is the author of Moon Child and the forthcoming Shattered Veil (Feb 2014), the first book i…

Me, Intense???

Clearly I've been a little too busy of late. I mean, my blogging has become spotty at best, most of the time just posting reviews and Author Spotlights. I've been writing and reading though - just not as much as I wish I was.

Over the weekend, I reached out to a friend to apologize for not having her critique finished. Her response was kind (as expected) and she let me "off the hook" and asked me to read a later version of the book. It the email exchange that followed, she joked about how intense I am. I laughed. And I stewed...

Am I intense? Really? I mean, my friend did say as I was as laid back as a cup of expresso. And the description is pretty spot on!

Now, I don't think of myself as intense. But I guess, comparatively, I am. I hate missing deadlines, am brutally hard on myself when I make a mistake, and bring a level of intensity into my friendships that I often stress over - I mean, who likes being around intense people all of the time, right?

I have tried…

Cover Reveal: FOREST OF WHISPERS by Jennifer Murgia

I'm so excited to be part of a book blast for an author I WANT TO MEET so much - Jennifer Murgia. She and I have spoken online and I will admit, I am a bit of a fangirl. One day we'll get to meet - I am certain of it!
Anyway, back to this post. Spencer Hill and Jennifer are re-launching her book Forest of Whispers, complete with a shiny new cover. Totally awesome, right?

Before I reveal the cover, here is a little more about the book:

FOREST OF WHISPERS (Spencer Hill Press, September 2014)

Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago... and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.
Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to—one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and…

Confession Time!

I am behind. Really behind. Sure, life is busy - but it's always busy. And yes, I have been fighting off a cold mixed with my anemia flaring up (again, my fault as I haven't been taking my iron as I should). But that isn't why I am behind on my writing goals...
Nope - it's something much simpler.
I am in a confidence slump.
There, I said it. My confidence is waning at the moment.

Now, this is nothing new. Everyone I talk to feels this way from time to time. And yes, I have been in this place before.

And while I wade through the muck, I am trying to take it easy on myself a tad. But in truth, I just have huge goals. And waning confidence has no place in my plans!

What do you do when the confidence fairy seems to have taken all of yours?

ROOMIES by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando: A Bookanista Review

Happy Thursday all! As you can likely tell by my erratic posting schedule, I am not in a routine at all of late. Really, it's because of some tech problems (WiFi related), traveling, and NaNo. The biggest reason for the spotty posts though - ANEMIA! That's right, I've been a bad girl and have not been watching my iron levels. And as a result I am practically comatose every night. But, I am taking my iron again, and eating nothing but iron rich foods. I should be back to normal in no time...what ever that means.

In the meantime, it's back to another amazing review. On tap for today: ROOMIES by the ever-spectacular Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando. I am so excited about this book. But before I get into that, check out the other Bookanista posts:
Shari Arnold is enthralled with THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae CarsonKay Upperman is loving HOW TO LOVE by Katie CotugnoChristine Fonseca is nostalgic with ROOMIES by Sara Zarr and Tara AltebrandoJessica Love is wild for WINGER by Andrew S…

Cover Reveal: ALL SHE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS by Sara Olds

Time for another amazing cover reveal - this one brought my Elana Johnson and Sara Olds!!! 

Sara Olds is releasing her cover for ALL SHE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS. Here is a little more about the book:


George Clauson is Santa's daughter, but she can't stand Christmas. All that ho-ho-hoing, caroling and people's greedy wants? No, thank you. She's left the family business and struck off on her own in the human world finding her niche as a humble second-grade teacher.Ebenezer Herod is a descendent of King Herod. His family has never stopped trying to destroy Christmas. This year they may actually get their wish, but not if Ben can help it.George wants nothing to do with restoring balance to the Christmas season, and she certainly isn't interested in the shockingly handsome and devilishly rich Ben. A determined do-gooder, Ben's used to saving the day, but he can't rescue Christmas alone. Can George and Ben find a way to work to…

Celeb Sightings, Time Changes, and Humility Lessons.

Happy Monday all!

For those that read my lame status updates on Twitter or Facebook, you know that I was in Atlanta this past weekend, staying at the Sheraton - home to Eyecon 2013. For those who do not know what Eyecon is, it's a mini comic con for fans of the Vampire Diaries (TVD) that promises more face-to-face time with the cast. My take = GENIUS! I mean, no wonder TVD is such a huge success - not only is the story interesting and the cast beautiful (not to mention HAWT), but this...Eyecon...It is pure gold.

Now, I was not at the hotel for that event. Not directly, at any rate. But, being a YA author, I have to admit how much I LOVED people watching! It started Friday night. I got into town in the evening, checked in and found myself searching for food around 8pm. The fabulous hostess did me a solid and sat me in prime people watching territory, and I watched as fan after fan tried to muster up the courage to approach Steve R McQueen and his half-bro Jessarae (yes, I actually …