Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Woven: A Young Adult Book For The Hero In Us All

WOVEN by Michael Jensen and David Powers King, published by Scholastic

Two unlikely allies must journey across a kingdom in the hopes of thwarting death itself.

All his life, Nels has wanted to be a knight of the kingdom of Avërand. Tall and strong, and with a knack for helping those in need, the people of his sleepy little village have even taken to calling him the Knight of Cobblestown.

But that was before Nels died, murdered outside his home by a mysterious figure.

Now the young hero has awoken as a ghost, invisible to all around him save one person—his only hope for understanding what happened to him—the kingdom’s heir, Princess Tyra. At first the spoiled royal wants nothing to do with Nels, but as the mystery of his death unravels, the two find themselves linked by a secret, and an enemy who could be hiding behind any face.

Nels and Tyra have no choice but to abscond from the castle, charting a hidden world of tangled magic and forlorn phantoms. They must seek out an ancient needle with the power to mend what has been torn, and they have to move fast. Because soon Nels will disappear forever.
Available now wherever books are sold


About the Authors:

Michael Jensen is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s prestigious music, dance, and theater program. Michael taught voice at BYU before establishing his own vocal instruction studio. In addition to being an imaginative storyteller, Michael is an accomplished composer and vocalist. He lives in Salt Lake City with his husband and their four dogs.

Photo credit: Michael Schoenfeld


David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to become a writer. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He now lives in the mountain West with his wife and three children.

Photo credit: Katie Pyne Rasmussen


Rafflecopper Giveaway Link (One of 5 copies of Woven – signed by both authors):

Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 A to Z Blogging Challenge Announcement

Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined below so you sign onto the list correctly!

The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day.

The A to Z Challenge is a great way to get into the blogging habit and make new friends. For more details and its history, go HERE

We recommend short posts, turn off Word Verification, and visit five blogs (or more) a day beginning with the one after yours on the list.

Blogs must be on an open platform – no Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. – and comments enabled.

To streamline legitimate blogs from advertisement blogs, the Co-Hosts will be visiting each blog on this list throughout the Challenge. Blogs on the list showing no activity once the Challenge starts or miss five days in a row will be removed.

Please note your blog name and number in all correspondences. Remember that as blogs are removed, your number will change.

There are categories for those looking for like-minded blogs. Select ONE category code and enter it after your blog’s title/name. The code applies to your blog, not your theme for the Challenge and is purely optional. See the first few blogs on the list for examples. However, if your blog has adult content, you MUST mark it (AC) or it will be removed from the list. Codes are as follows:


Be sure to grab the badge and display it in your sidebar so we know you are participating and link to the A to Z Challenge Blog.

For more information we recommend you follow the A to Z Challenge Blog and the hosts:

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
Nicole Ayers @ The Madlab Post
Matthew MacNish @ The QQQE
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C. Lee McKenzie @ The Write Game
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Hear Ye, Hear Ye... What About A Book Launch Party?

Kidnapped by an “invisible” man, a young writer’s only hope 
is the one London cop who believes in ghosts.

Psst, Yes, over here. Listen, this is Detective Sergeant Alban Thain (yes, the Alban Thain, the one and only London cop who believes in ghosts). I need to ask you something, and I need for you to tell me the truth. Did you hear that Lisa Buie-Collard is making a bid to create momentum for her new release, The Seventh Man? Come on, let’s help her reach her goal of 100 supporters on Thunderclap by January 30th. All you have to do is go to This LINK and sign up your links to Twitter or Facebook or whatever. Nothing to pay, nothing more than a few clicks, so that on January 30th the Internet will feel the Thunderclap blasting out the news of The Seventh Man’s arrival. 

Wait, wait, please, I’m not done yet. I know Lisa hopes that your burning desire to read The Seventh Man will entice you to buy it on (ebook $2.99; soft cover $14.24), which will, of course, help make it a #1 Amazon Best Seller, and that you’ll also want to add it to your "Want To Read" or “Currently Reading” shelves on right away. 

Of course you can always help by sharing the news on January 30th on your website, or hosting her on your blog with an author interview or whatever, and/or sharing the news of the book’s release in other ways, like running outside and screaming the news like a banshee to the world! Just send me (Alban, in case you forgot) a message at . I promise I’ll get to it before she does and send you whatever you need to make it happen. 

So, what do you think? Going to give the Thunderclap shout-out a try? Going to buy the bloody ebook for a measly three bucks (Yes, it’s out in the UK also)? What about, or am I pushing my luck!?

Thanks for listening anyway, and don’t tell her I gave her surprise away. Happy New Year! 

Friday, January 09, 2015

The Mystery of the New Years New Mailbox

Wasn't THIS bad, but close!

Okay, so, we get home from our Christmas vacation on the second day of the new year. I had asked to have our mail held until December 30th because that was our original date to get home, so I checked on the front porch first to see if our mail might be there, mainly because I was expecting a package that I knew would not fit in the mailbox. Sure enough, our mail was on the porch by our little
Guardian Dragon by front door
dragon, our guardian of the front door. I explain this to give you a better understanding why we didn’t discover the mysterious new mailbox until the third day of the new year. On the third, out I go to check the mail, with my little dog accompanying me as usual, and low and behold, not only is the mailbox looking very clean, but the latch, which has been messed up for months, is miraculously fixed! No, not fixed, brand new. The mailbox is completely brand new. My husband stood on the front porch enjoying the momentarily beautiful weather and I yelled to him, “We have a brand new mailbox!” I had to repeat myself because neither one of us could believe it.
Later, at dinner with friends, I related the mystery of the new mailbox and asked Brad, who used to work for the USPS, if the postal service ever replaced mailboxes that were in need of repair, and of course he said no. It is the customer’s responsibility to provide the mailbox. Which I already knew, but since we didn’t replace our old rusting box, I was searching for possibilities. Nancy, Brad’s wife, suggested that our mutual friends and neighbors, who live four houses down from us, might have replaced our mailbox as a Christmas present, as they had just had theirs replaced a few weeks ago. Now I did ask those friends, and they looked as mystified as I was.
On the off chance, and the only other thing I could think of, I put a note in our new mailbox asking our postal carrier if she might be the Christmas elf, and guess what? She was! She and my husband, right before Christmas, had had a long talk one day and during the conversation he mentioned he
wanted to teach. Evidently, she thought this was a great idea. We had also, before the holidays, left her a Christmas gift, because she really is awesome, just as we did last year.
You can never tell how what you do for others, just because you want to, will influence an unanticipated reaction. And yes, we offered to pay her for the mailbox but she said it was a gift, that anyone who wanted to teach deserved it. Our postal carrier has a truly giving spirit, which made this mystery a joy to solve. Happy New Year everyone! 
Brand Spankin' New Mailbox!!!

old mailbox image from: