Thursday, October 2, 2014

"A Riddle for Love" Review



My Review

Avar has spent ten years laboring, days and nights in his quest to create the perfect woman. He wasn't expecting her to exceed even his lofty expectations. 

A spacey take on the Pygmalion tale, "A Riddle for Love" manages to speak sensible science and apply it to a futuristic world filled with off-world colonies, human-like androids and cerebral-centric humans. While the idea behind Pygmalion is slightly creepy and off putting, here the author manages to make Avar likable and respectable. His desire for the perfect woman have become a labor of love, particularly over the personal project of "Lily." He wants her for companionship, for a lifetime avoiding the loneliness that has marked his past thus far. 

This novella manages to convey emotional and character depth and rather than rushed, falls together in a perfectly even pace. The world building is brief but fascinating and draws the reader easily into accepting Avar's world. 

A quirky, steamy romance for any star dreamers out there.


Synopsis

Dr. Avar Elsier has spent the past ten years developing a human-like android for his company. In his spare time, he’s created the perfect persona for a dream woman that only needs the right body to make her real.

Unfortunately, such a body costs more than he can currently afford. When an emergency forces him to insert his private persona in a unit designed for a high-paying customer, he falls in love and cannot let her go.

Will he find a way to make their love last and escape from Mars before others discover his secret?


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Lynette Name That BookAuthor Lynette Endicott is hoping fans can help her name the 5th book in her Starting Over series. Please click on the form to read the synopsis and submit your ideas for a title. If Lynette likes your title, your name will appear in her book and you will receive a free copy. All entries must be received by October 10th. You may enter more than once, but please fill out a separate form per title. Please keep in mind that this is NOT a super-hero book. The title must be respectful of disability without being to corny. It is a look at normal, everyday life for a blind professional who is also a single mom. Please feel free to check out the other titles of the Starting Over series by visiting her website.

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Bio For Lynette Endicott

face at weddingLynette Endicott grew up in Illinois, met her husband in Western Nebraska, lived 25 years in Kansas where their daughter was born, and has been in Fresno, California since 2000. She has a son-in-law (who lives with her daughter nearby), and has rescued a dog, a bird and three cats. She and Ollie, her terrier mix, volunteer as a team at the local library, where children read to the dog. At a youth camp when she was 14 the editor and teacher of a writing class challenged her to submit something to his youth magazine. She did and it was the first of 10 articles and stories accepted by the publication over the next few years. Nothing like front end success to keep her writing! Lynette enjoys reading contemporary romance and speculative fiction and writes both. Her debut book, Starting Over Book One: More Than A Job, and three more books in that series are available now. The first four of the Time After Time Saga with Tami Dee are also available now. Because she didn't have pets until after her 50th birthday the animals she enjoys find their way into all her books. Usually you will also find a character with a disability as part of the day-to-day fabric of the story. In More Than A Job, Paige works in services to people with disabilities until she loses her job and starts over. In The Return of Joy, Atlas, the yellow lab, becomes a Therapy Dog. In the Time After Time series animal helpers assist the hero and heroine in all six of the books in the series.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall In Love With Books Giveaway & Book Tour!

All of us at Gliterary Girl Media love our clients and are celebrating Fall and our authors with a HUGE GIVEAWAY !

Meet our Authors and Fall in love with them and their books just like we have

KIRSTEN OSBOURNE


Adjusted HeadshotKirsten Osbourne hails from the state of Wisconsin, but has lived in Texas for almost thirty years. She is a mother, a writer, and a wife. Married to the love of her life for fifteen years, she knows that true love exists and wants to share her vision of love with the world. Writing is something she has always loved and plans on doing for a long time into the future. As Kirsten Osbourne, she writes contemporary romance as well as historical. As Morganna Mayfair, she ventures into the realm of paranormal romance. She invites you to join her in her world of fantasy and make believe where there is always a happily ever after at the end.


MICHELE WOLFE


Michele Headshot 2Growing up between the Rocky Mountains and the city of Denver in Colorado, gave me a life-long love of both. I suspect my experiences were similar to others my age in the 70s and 80s; summers in one-piece bathing suits; bicycle riding without a helmet; vacationing in the family station wagon; skiing down the local mountains. I am the youngest of three girls and lucky enough to be supported by friends and a loving extended family.</p> I loved drama, singing, gymnastics and ice skating. And I was never without a good book, no matter where I went. Soon after finishing college and becoming a teacher, I decided I wanted to explore the world. I took long road trips, spent time at Martha's Vineyard, and fell in love with the ocean and California, which eventually became my home.
Four years after moving to Los Angeles, I discovered two things that changed my life. My husband was the first. We fell in love hard and fast. Twenty-two years later, we are fully, after a lot of hard work, co-dependent and co-evolved, and very happy about both. The second discovery was a passion for teaching adults English as a Second Language in a poor immigrant community in East L.A. I'm still there, too.
My husband and I have two handsome sons, Caleb Justus and Joshua William. They are our pride and joy. Caleb is in the Army and Joshua is finishing high school. And I should mention our 'girl' Sophie, who loves running to and fro on our walks, dancing in the kitchen, her tail-wagging in joy.
Being a busy teacher, mother and wife made finding time to write a challenge. When I started my first novel, there was no space in our little home to write except at the kitchen table. I diligently carved out time on the weekends and eventually took my laptop to coffee shops and writers' groups to finish it.
When writing, I let the story and characters come to me in their own time, in their own way. I am inspired by music and art, which often influence a scene or a conversation in my stories. I hope my writing inspires others and makes people think and feel. And of course be entertained.
I am working on my next novel, also about a work of art, this time a painting at the Museum of Modern Art in Rome.


LYNETTE ENDICOTT

Lynette EndicottLynette Endicott grew up in Illinois, met her husband in Western Nebraska, lived 25 years in Kansas where their daughter was born, and has been in Fresno, California since 2000. She has a son-in-law (who lives with her daughter nearby), and has rescued a dog, a bird and three cats. She and Ollie, her terrier mix, volunteer as a team at the local library, where children read to the dog.
Nothing like front end success to keep her writing! Lynette enjoys reading contemporary romance and speculative fiction and writes both. Her debut book, Starting Over Book One: More Than A Job, and two more books in that series, The Return of Joy and Finding Her Voice are available now. The first three of the Time After Time Saga with Tami Dee are available now, including Animal Instinct, Survival Instinct and Pioneer Instinct. The fourth in the series of six, Protective Instinct, will release in August 2014.
Because she didn't have pets until after her 50th birthday the animals she enjoys find their way into all her books. Usually you will also find a character with a disability as part of the day to day fabric of the story. In More Than A Job, Paige works in services to people with disabilities until she loses her job and starts over. In The Return of Joy, Atlas, the yellow lab, becomes a Therapy Dog. In the Time After Time series animal helpers assist the hero and heroine in all six of the books in the series.


DEBRA PARMLEY


Debra ParmleyDebra is a multi genre author born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Springfield, OH. She has lived just outside Memphis, TN since 1997. Debra attended Marywood University in Scranton, PA and was the first student to win first place in two categories of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Beta Epsilon Chapter writing competition, in creative prose and in informal expository. Her poetry was published in literary journals while attending college. She holds a BA in English Literature. When she graduated she asked her academic advisors which genre she should concentrate on. None of them would advise her because she showed strength in each area. Advice at the time and for many years afterward was to concentrate in one area and to focus on one genre. But only she could decide which one. In 2012, Debra decided this was not working for her and forged her own path. This meant writing in more than one genre and working on more than one manuscript. She no longer believes in writers block. She believes in finding joy in the act of writing and in allowing her muse to play. For Debra, writing is about joy. Today she teaches Creative Writing classes locally, passing on what she has learned and finding the joy in teaching as well. Debra traveled and worked as an independent travel consultant. She has visited thirteen countries. She has worked in banking, newspaper advertising, as recycling cocoordinator for the City of Bartlett, as an office manager, and as a belly dance instructor. When not writing, Debra enjoys dancing, history, primitive archery and medieval reenactment, travel, yoga and meditation.
 

L.M. PRUITT

PruittLM.Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she's killed bamboo. Twice. As a result, she's not allowed to walk in the gardening department of any store without supervision. She's also not allowed in the card aisle of any grocery without an escort since she'll spend thirty minutes opening cards and laughing for no good reason. She continues to make her home in Florida in spite of the heat and mosquitos and shares her home with two cats. One of them smart, the other not so much.

 

AMY L. GALE


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Romance author by night, pharmacist by day, Amy Gale loves rock music and the feel of sand between her toes. She attended Wilkes University where she graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. In addition to writing, she enjoys baking, scary movies, rock concerts, and reading books at the beach. She lives in the lush forest of Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, six cats, and golden retriever.
 




JENNIFER SILVERWOOD


jennifer04 Retouched croppedJennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it's the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town.
After attending three different universities without managing to square a degree, she decided to the next logical thing; become a writer. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas.
She is the author of the Heaven's Edge series, Stay and Silver Hollow.


LAUREN MARIE

9d883b8e020e0ad8986cbb.L._V359984740_SX200_LaurenMarie spent years writing and dreaming of being published. After spending many years wanting to write the ultimate thriller and become the next Le’Carre, Clancy, or Turow, she decided to try romance. She admits, with a huge smile, she’s never had so much fun. Lauren lives with her four cats in Western Washington State. When she isn’t pounding the keys, she is an amateur paranormal investigator. She formed her own group in 2006 to hunt ghosts and some unusual experiences have put in an appearance in some of her stories. Lauren is currently working on a contemporary romance called the Canon City Series


JILLIAN HART

Strickler 5Jillian grew up on her family's homestead on Washington state, near Carnation, Washington, where she raised cattle to pay for her college tuition, rode horses through the pristine foothills of the Cascade Mountain range and scribbled stories in her spare time.
After earning an English degree from Whitman College (what better way to go through college than to constantly read books?), she traveled, worked in advertising, taught Sunday school and volunteered before becoming a writer.
When she's not hard at work on her next story, Jillian can be found chatting with a friend, stopping for a café mocha with a book in hand, and spending quiet evenings at home with her family.
 


LARA NANCE

cropped new pic of me - retouchedLara Nance grew up and lived in many cites throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres, but the basis of all of her stories is a great tale that will take you on an adventure of imagination.
If you want to escape and lose yourself in a novel, you've come to the right place. Choose your genre and settle in to be entertained. From thrilling mysteries and steampunk tales to paranormal romance and adventure, she's willing to explore a variety of compelling stories full of danger and suspense, along with a touch of romance. Her first paranormal romance, Memories of Murder, won RWA's New England Chapter's readers' choice award in 2012 for Best Paranormal Romance, as well as an award of merit as Best Book from a Virginia Author in the Holt Medallion contest. In 2013, her novel DraculaVille - Discovery in New York, won the Rudy award for best novel with romantic elements.
Lara's newest endeavor is under the name L.J.Nance, a children's book series titled: Lyra's Ocean World. The first book is out now: Lyra to the Rescue. The illustrator is Karen Webb.
Most of Lara's books are in print, electronic and audio format, with others soon to follow.
Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn... However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies, thrills and adventures in her stories. Lara loves to weave interesting true historical tidbits into her fiction which invite the reader to explore further after the novel is finished.
Currently docked in Norfolk, Virginia (until the wind changes) Lara enjoys living on her sailboat and spends time reading, of course writing, indulging a variety of artistic endeavors, cooking and sailing with her husband, Joe and their Yorkie, Rio.


ANGELA KNIGHT


10716b891f490ad8956e5b.L._V192199623_I have been writing erotic romance since 1996, when my first novella appeared in Secrets Vol. 2. In June, 2004, Jane's Warlord, my first novel, was published, followed by FOREVER KISS in July, 2004 the anthology HOT BLOODED in September, and MASTER OF THE NIGHT in October. MASTER OF THE MOON, my next book, hit the USA Today list for three weeks, much to my amazement. Since then I've been writing like a lunatic and having a wonderful time.
I've been married to a wonderful man for more than twenty years now. He's a senior investigator with our county sheriff's office. As a result, I know an awful lot of cops, which is one reason I love putting police procedural elements in my fiction. I also spent ten years as a reporter, which gave me a collection of war stories you would not believe.
My husband Mike and I have one son, Anthony, who is in his twenties now.


And Now for the Prizes!

GRAND PRIZE

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Kindle Fire HD Pre-loaded with: Mail Order Melody by Kirsten Osbourne, Montana Hearts by Jillian Hart, Stolen Gifts by Rasha Selim, Trapping the Butterfly by: Debra Parmley, Love Bites by Angela Knight, Winged by L.M. Pruitt, One Touch at Cobb’s Bar and Grill Blissful Tragedy by Amy L. Gale

Paperback: Draculaville Part I by: Lara Nance, The Three Graces by: Michele Wolfe, Stay by: Jennifer Silverwood

SECOND PRIZE

Sara_Banner 1Paperback of The Three Graces by: Michele Wolfe and a Graces Necklace of your choice, Tea Gift Basket with Signed copies of Lynette Endicott’s Starting over series, Paperback of Stay by: Jennifer Silverwood, Paperback copy of Draculaville I by: Lara Nance and a stuffed bat Paperback copy of Blissful Tragedy by: Amy L. Gale

THIRD PRIZE

Sara_Banner 1 Digital Copies of: Mail Order Melody by: Kirsten Osbourne, Montana Hearts by: Jillian Hart, Stolen Gifts by: Rasha Selim, Trapping the Butterfly by: Debra Parmley, Love Bites by: Angela Knight, Winged by: L.M. Pruitt, One Touch at Cobb’s Bar and Grill Blissful Tragedy by: Amy L. Gale, Stay by: Jennifer Silverwood, The Three Graces by: Michele Wolfe

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Don't Miss "A Princess's Dream" by Laura Elisabeth Etheredge


It is a rare gift for me to share a new release that I saw from its conception. And I am so proud to introduce my friend, Laura Beth's breakout novel, "A Princess's Dream." 

Laura Beth and I go way back, as we both were preschool teachers in the same classroom and dealt with toddlers on a daily basis. During naptime, our time was spent exchanging book chapters and sharing out thoughts with each other. 

Then it was a distant dream for both of us to become published authors. Today she realizes her dream! 

Please share the news and the excitement with us!


SYNOPSIS: A Journey of True Love Becoming a Reality
"When life's circumstances go awry and evil seems to be winning, is there hope for tomorrow?
       Is it possible to have and hold true love forever?       Come away to a faraway land and discover that good can still conquer evil. It all begins with a little courage and faith in the unseen."



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Laura Elisabeth Etheredge


Laura Beth is married to her best friend, Chris, and has a son named Luke. They currently reside in Zambia teaching students at a seminary. Laura Beth is passionate about being the best mother and wife possible, while also sharing the love of Christ with seminary wives by teaching and equipping them with skills for the home.


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Friday, August 8, 2014

.99 Sale for "Animal Instinct" by Lynette Endicott!

Animal Instinct 

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AnimalInstinctCoverArt_1 Authors Lynette Endicott and Tami Dee have announced that book #1 in their Time After Time Saga, ANIMAL INSTINCT, is on sale for $0.99 for ONE WEEK ONLY! Get your copy and the rest of the Time After Time Saga before August 11th so you can be all caught up for the new release of PROTECTIVE INSTINCT, book #4 in the Time After Time Saga releasing on August 11th. On Detective Sean Barnett’s first day at work his police dog’s reaction to a bee sting requires an emergency visit to the town vet. Dr. Al’s swift, efficient response averts immediate danger, but when Sean asks Allison to dinner, he opens the door for a terrifying danger -- an ancient, time-traveling enemy who will stop at nothing to keep them apart. Dr. Allison Green’s heart-pounding attraction to King’s handsome owner, Sean, sends her to her family’s reference on love, the diary passed down from her great-grandmother that goes back centuries. She delves into references to animal helpers, ancient artifacts and the ruthless woman whose goal is to destroy love for the woman of the Heartmark. When she is overwhelmed with ancestral memories, Allison realizes the extent of the danger posed by their enemy, and the deranged terror that threatens her chance at love.  

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ABOUT Lynette Endicott
Lynette EndicottLynette Endicott grew up in Illinois, met her husband in Western Nebraska, lived 25 years in Kansas where their daughter was born, and has been in Fresno, California since 2000. She has a son-in-law (who lives with her daughter nearby), and has rescued a dog, a bird and three cats. She and Ollie, her terrier mix, volunteer as a team at the local library, where children read to the dog. At a youth camp when she was 14 the editor and teacher of a writing class challenged her to submit something to his youth magazine. She did and it was the first of 10 articles and stories accepted by the publication over the next few years. Nothing like front end success to keep her writing! Lynette enjoys reading contemporary romance and speculative fiction and writes both. Her debut book, Starting Over Book One: More Than A Job, and two more books in that series, The Return of Joy and Finding Her Voice are available now. The first three of the Time After Time Saga with Tami Dee are available now, including Animal Instinct, Survival Instinct and Pioneer Instinct. The fourth in the series of six, Protective Instinct, will release in August 2014. Because she didn't have pets until after her 50th birthday the animals she enjoys find their way into all her books. Usually you will also find a character with a disability as part of the day-to-day fabric of the story. In More Than A Job, Paige works in services to people with disabilities until she loses her job and starts over. In The Return of Joy, Atlas, the yellow lab, becomes a Therapy Dog. In the Time After Time series animal helpers assist the hero and heroine in all six of the books in the series.

Lynette loves hearing from her fans! Please connect with her on:

 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Author Interview with Lynette Endicott

Fantabulous Author Interview
with Lynette Endicott

(because that’s what she is…fabuloso)




Jenn:  Describe yourself using five unrelated adjectives ;)

Lyn:  Energetic, empathetic, observant, curious, expressive

Jenn:  Of all the characters you’ve written, which do you most connect with and why?

Lyn:  I love all my characters, but I feel the strongest connection to Eliza, the heroine of Pioneer Instinct who immigrated from Ireland to the American West, perhaps because she is based on an ancestress. I have a photograph, newspaper articles, family stories, even some of her needlework, so she is very real. Her story had many heartbreaks, so I empathized with her difficult life journey and so especially wanted her to find love and happiness.


Jenn:  Kay, now that we have the hard questions out of the way… Do you have any fun routine before you dive into your latest manuscript?

Lyn:  I click on the computer on my way from my bedroom to the kitchen, my cats and dog trailing me. While the computer is booting up I start my real tea -- whole leaf, fragrant and tasty. There is a little ritual to making real tea -- heating the water, warming the cup, steeping the tea, straining out the pieces, sipping the wonderful result along with an almond blossom or cookie or my homemade biscotti. I like Earl Grey with bergamot, blended with Earl Grey Crème' which has a little vanilla. The routine is a little slow while the water is heating, so the animals -- a dog, two cats and a bird -- get their breakfast during that time. Then I get mine. I open my WIP and sip as I get back into my story.

Jenn:  That sounds lovely! I need to try your routine next time. On with the show... What is the most shocking scene/novel you ever read and why?

Lyn:  The first Hogwarts death, the realization in Hunger Games that characters I loved would have to die, several scenes in The Help -- I find injustice shocking any time I confront it, in life or in fiction.

Jenn:  Very true, which brings me to my next question. You write romances, but do you ever feel yourself losing inspiration? If so where do you do to find it?

Lyn:  I watch some of my old favorite romantic movies, re-read favorite books, or snuggle up with my husband of 40 years. A walk in the garden or along the coast or other beautiful place in nature also puts me in the right frame of mind to write.

Jenn:   Do you prefer tragic romances like “Romeo & Juliet,” or comedies like “Much Ado About Nothing?”

Lyn:   Romance that develops in the middle of real life, with all its difficulties, humor, and more, appeals to me most. If I laugh and cry in the same book it may be exactly the right balance.


Jenn:   Our world can be a pretty tough place and true love can often seem like a myth rather than reality. Do you have a message you try to impart to your readers? If so, care to share?


Lyn:  Those awful moments in life when your heart stops and you can't imagine how you will go on, those moments when you must go forward even though you can't imagine how -- it is in those moments that we learn who we really are and when new things can unfold for us.

Jenn:   Three more to go! Can you sum up your new novel, “Out of Agony” in ten words or less?

Lyn:   When Brian lost his little girl his world fell apart


Jenn:   I see this is the fourth book in your “Starting Over” series. What has been the most challenging part of your journey with these characters?

Lyn:   I had to grow up from the first life change -- the loss of a job -- to realize that life can bring even greater sorrow. What is more sorrowful than the loss of a child?

Jenn:   Wow, I can't even imagine... This next question is geared more towards your fellow authors, but how do you find the gumption to keep on going? Any wisdom you can share based on your experiences as an authoress?

Lyn:   Keep writing. The story is there inside you and if you show up to the keyboard and give it a chance, it will begin to write itself.


Jenn:   Thank you so much for your time, Lynette! I hope you continue to find success through this tour. I know I, for one, will be picking up this series as soon as possible! 


Lyn:   Thank you for inviting me over. It's been fun to visit your blog and I will do it often to see what your other guests have to say.



If you enjoyed meeting Lynette as much as I did, you should hop on over and visit her website and discover her books! I know I will. :)

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