Monday, March 2, 2015

Julie Coulter Bellon guest blogs -- Cover Reveal for FALLING SLOWLY

I am so excited to show you the cover for my new novella, Falling Slowly.  This one is a companion novella to All Fall Down and tells what happens to Claire and Rafe when they come home from Afghanistan.  

To celebrate cover reveal day, I am offering you a giveaway!  Since Claire and Rafe are dating and getting to know each other in this novella, I want to know---what do you consider to be a romantic date?  Is it a candlelight dinner? A hike? A bike ride? A movie? Star-gazing? A moonlit stroll? Tell me your ideas!  Everyone who comments with their idea of a romantic date will be entered to win an ebook copy of BOTH All Fall Down AND Falling Slowly.

Okay, are you ready?

*drum roll*

Here it is!

Go here to find Julie's blog, and enter in her giveaway!

Here is the back copy:

Rafe Kelly never thought he’d fall in love with Claire Michaels, the hostage negotiator sent to get him out of a life or death situation.  Though it was easy to see from the beginning that Claire was good at her profession, Rafe quickly realized she was even better for him personally―and that they might have a future together. 

When they get back from their mission in Afghanistan, however, Claire goes back to the Hostage Negotiation Team and Rafe is left to deal with the huge hole in his life after leaving the SEALs.  Trying to balance an uncertain future with a new relationship is made even more complicated when a family crisis strikes.  Will Rafe and Claire be able to turn to each other for strength or are they over before they've really begun? 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Legends and Lore Anthology tour with rafflecoper giveaway!

Delve into myth and legend, where the Fates force post-modern man into a world of the unknown—a world long since dismissed as ignorant superstition.

THE BROTHER--SISTER FABLE by Alyson Grauer: A young boy disappears into a realm where only his sister can follow.

FAELAD by Sarah Hunter Hyatt: Claire Whitaker didn’t even know she was Irish, let alone The Morrigan, the goddess of war.

BY SKYFALL by Emma Michaels: A mer-couple from Atlantis find themselves in the middle of a human murder investigation.

CHARON'S OBOL by. R. M. Ridley: Jonathan Alvey didn’t believe in gods, until he helps a lost child find her all-powerful parents.

PERADVENTURE by Sarah Seeley: A jinni must choose between the woman he loves and destroying the city that persecuted her.

NATURAL ORDER by Lance Schonberg: When Carlos Vasquez is kidnapped, he discovers powers within himself to change the world.

TWO SPOONS by Danielle E. Shipley: A little girl’s soul meets its match in the family diner’s most mysterious patron.

GRAIL DAYS by A. F. Stewart: Living forever has its drawbacks, especially when you spend it clearing away the messes of other immortals.

DOWNWARD MOBILITY by M. K. Wiseman: They say love conquers all, but can it save a Valkyrie when she breaks all the rules?

INTERVIEW WITH Danielle Shipley

How did the idea for this story come to you?
My best friend and I like to run our characters through what we call “hypotheticals” – random “what if?” scenarios that may or may not be anywhere near canon for the stories we’ve actually written them into and/or plan to. The quality of the improvised storylines will vary, but every now and then, an actual plot will emerge. Such was the case with the scenario behind “Two Spoons” – one that started out being about an oops of a pregnancy, only to evolve into a bizarre love story between the unexpected child and a black-hearted man.

What makes your main character unique?
Tidbit’s a kid who knows what she wants better than most people five or ten times her age, and she’s smart about how she goes after it. …Well, smart in a na├»ve, psychotic way. She’s a study in contrasts: Blatant and subtle, ingenuous and cunning… a fine compliment to the Black Man, who’s got his own set of contradictions.

Is this part of a series?
“Two Spoons” is a standalone, though I intend to someday share the book starring the character who inspired the Black Man. We’ll see where it ends up on my publishing to-do list.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed the act of writing and putting imaginary people through the emotional wringer, though it didn’t occur to me to make it my career until my late teens. Then I realized, hey, there’s nothing I’m more passionate about doing than writing, and I really want to share these characters with someone besides the friends who’ll humor me and the two little sisters who won’t. Thus did it begin!

What have you written?
Apart from thousands of pages of talented but unskilled claptrap that’s in no shape to see the light of day? There’s always my series of fairytale retelling mash-ups, the Wilderhark Tales novellas; I published the first in spring of 2013, with the fifth scheduled to release this December. Also on the market is “Inspired”, my semi-autobiographical novel about a girl trying to learn how to be a worthy author to the fictional friends who’ve taken up residence inside her head.

What are you working on?
I’ve got drafting and redrafting to do for Books Six, Seven, and a sort of Six-and-a-Half of the Wilderhark Tales. And there’s a paranormal YA novel full of dead people in need of revision; I mean to get started on that before the year’s out. Oh, and another short story of mine is contracted to feature in Xchyler Publishing’s fantasy anthology due out this winter. I like to keep sob-inducingly busy.

How do you write? Longhand, typewriter, laptop, tablet?
It’s me and my laptop, all day, every day. The poor thing gets as little sleep as I do.

What is your writing zone and how do you get there?
My zone is the story. Once I’m inside, I’ve found I’m best off just lining my brain up with my characters’ and letting them do their thing. Ideally, “their thing” will more or less follow the outline I put together in the pre-writing brainstorming phase. But if they want to dash off-course in the name of making the story that much deeper, richer, and/or cooler, I’ll do what I can to stay out of their way.

What’s the hardest thing about writing?
Growing little seeds of ideas into a full-fledged forest of plot. Creating actual adventures and escapades, instead of a book where nobody does anything but sit around and talk to each other about their feelings. Characters need to have things to do, and there has to be an overarching point to it all. Finding that point and getting in close to the action that leads to it is an uphill slog, for me.

What’s the easiest thing about writing?
The fact that it’s the opposite of not writing. My automatic response when I hear someone say writing is hard is, “Pfft, no, it’s not!” Except, it is; I just don’t think of it that way because it’s what I always want to be doing. Finding the right words? Hard. Getting a stubbornly private character to open up to me? Hard. Concentrating on the world inside me when the one around me is one big distraction? Hard. I guess I’m fortunate in that, for me, writing’s not always easy, but giving up on it is impossible!

What are you currently reading?
I’m finally getting around to cracking open “Fallen On Good Times”, the paranormal noir detective novel debut by Rewan Tremethick. I’ve known him online for a while, enjoying his way with words as displayed on his blog (and, y’know, the fact that he’s British), so I bought the book without hesitation. It’s just taken me forever to take a break from writing-related business and read it.

Do you prefer reading eBook or paperback?
Paperback, all the way. Physical books have never let me down the way technology tries to, every chance it gets.

What advice do you have for fellow writers?
Put in the time, put in the effort, put in your soul. And for pity’s sake, make more time for pleasure reading than I’ve done, lately; I’m a disgrace!

Here's a little bit about the author of TWO SPOONS:

Danielle E. Shipley's first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. . . . Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them. She's also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who home schooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble.Danielle blogs at

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Twitter: @DEShipley

Good Reads:

Here's the blog tour's schedule. Come and read a little bit more about some of the other authors in this amazing anthology! 

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014


I'm so thrilled to be a part of Marsha Ward's GONE FOR A SOLDIER blog tour! I was with her, in spirit, from the beginning, and shared some of the story's growing pains. Now, GFAS has finally hit the bookshelves. Yay!

Here's the back cover blurb:

Rulon Owen loves two things more than life---his country and Mary Hilbrands.

When Virginia secedes from the Union, Rulon enlists, and finds himself fighting foes both in battle and in his own camp. He struggles to stay alive against all odds, with a knife-wielding tent-mate and a Union army that seems impossible to defeat. It will take every ounce of vigilance he has to survive and, with a little luck, he might make it home to his wife and the son he's never seen.

Forced to live with her parents for the duration, Mary faces a battle
for independence. With a mother whispering that her husband won't come home to her and a son who needs her to be both father and mother, Mary
has to dig deep for strength to overcome her overwhelming loneliness and the unknown future ahead.

Separated by war and circumstance, Rulon and Mary discover that not all enemies wear the Union blue.

And how about a little snippet? 


Rulon saw the bend in the road ahead where lay the turnoff to a lane that he could find on the darkest of nights. At the end of the lane, his family would be going about their daily tasks, perhaps thinking about him, perhaps not. He cleared the bend in the road and reined the horse into the wide path. He had to be quick. Harrisonburg wasn’t far away, as the crow flies, but he would need most of the time left of the day to make the trip on horseback.

Julianna saw him first when she turned from feeding the hogs. “Rulon!” his younger sister shouted, then dropped her pails and ran toward him, braids flying, spindly legs showing beneath her swirling skirt, skinny arms outstretched to him.

He dismounted before she reached him and caught her in his arms, noting the tears streaking her face.

“Why are you goin’ to fight?” The anxiety in her voice caused it to come out high and thin, and he hugged her tighter than before.

“Our country needs me,” he answered, muffling his answer against her sunbonnet.

“What if you die?” she wailed.

He couldn’t reply. When he raised his head to take a last look around the place, Ma was there with Marie beside her, their grave faces bringing a lump to his already tight throat.

Then Albert, the mischievous scamp, came running down the lane, with Pa and the rest of the boys walking behind him. Ben was the only one missing. They had made their farewells in town.

He had to hug them all, even Pa. Then Ma began a prayer, and they quit their hats, joined hands right there in the lane, and listened to her heartfelt plea for a short war and safety for the troops.

As Ma spoke the “amen” and the family joined in, Rulon was reminded that he hadn’t left Mary with a prayer. Mayhap he should have, instead of bedding her one last time. Devotion to God should be in their marriage, as it was in his parents’ union, he reminded himself. As he climbed on the horse, he pledged that he would be a better husband when he got the chance. If I get the chance.
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Here's a little something about the author that you might not have known.

Marsha Ward was born in the sleepy little town of Phoenix, Arizona, in the southwestern United States; and grew up with chickens, citrus trees, and lots of room to roam. She became a storyteller at an early age, regaling her neighborhood friends with her fanciful tales during after-school snacks. Her love of the 19th Century Western era was reinforced by visits to her cousins on their ranch, and listening to her father's stories of homesteading in Old Mexico and in the southern part of Arizona.

Over the years, Marsha became an award-winning poet, writer and editor, with over 900 pieces of published work, including her acclaimed novel series featuring the Owen family. She is the founder of American Night Writers Association, and a member of Western Writers of America and Women Writing the West. A workshop presenter and writing teacher, Marsha makes her home in a tiny forest hamlet in Arizona. When she is not writing, she loves to spoil her grandchildren, travel, give talks, meet readers, and sign books. Visit her at either her website or one of her blogs!

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