If I had to describe myself, it would be in a word that has many meanings with a complexity which falls off the tongue.
A word made up of many elements, is deceptive in appearance, and creates an illusion from the imagination.
My word would be Phantasmagoric. ~Summer Ross

Friday, December 28, 2012

Seduction of the Scepter

Free until Monday 12- 31 12: Seduction of the Scepter by E. Rose Sabin 

BUY HERE


 I gave it four stars. 

Review: 
 Sabin takes the reader back in time to a place where everything could rest on one single decision. She encourages the reader to take the journey into the depth of her leading female character, Lara, as a romantic girl with dreams, as a leader, a friend, a sister, and finally a mother.

Sabin touches on a deep routed fear of mother hood, the choice of child or lover. While it may be obvious to some what the answer is, when it actually happens that choice could make or break the family. Lara must make this choice, and Sabin executes Lara's character driven story through journal entries, which take them to a more personal level with the reader.

This reader found that Lara grew as she matured from a romanticized idea of marriage into a woman who led her country not only into battle, but to a peace despite the king being less than able to perform his duties.

The end caught me off guard. I wasn't expecting such a dramatic choice to be made in her heart as well as publicly and found the end drew back in a tightly nit circle toward the beginning.

If you are hoping for a love story with a happily ever after ending, this book will not suit you. The ending is more a relief felt with the character than a happily ever after, although in retrospect I feel Lara got the one thing she did truly want in the last pages of the book.

If you like intrigue, a plethora of drama, and a realistic idea of a woman's choices, then pick this book up and you will find yourself cheering on a well written, deeply moving character and falling with her as her judgments change and she is forced into a decision she had never hoped would happen.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas tree fun- kids, puppy, cat and a gift for you.

Seasons Greeting Blogging friends!



Jasmyne  

Jas and Kayla

The tree-

Goofing- 

The puppy thinks the cat is his present...
The cat disagrees...

Last I have a gift for you- download and use:

Happy Holidays! I hope it brings you many warm memories to carry you through the new year.

Friday, December 14, 2012

I Didn't Catch November


November flew past my doorstep like a little robin. I could almost catch the month, but it was gone before I could find my net.

I participated in NaNo, but only managed about 8,000 words between Kayla getting 6th place in her second gymnastic competition, Jasmyne's theatre rehearsal's for school (she will be playing the Hare in Alice in Wonderland rendition), making Christmas orders for impress at officemax, and of course my favorite- Editing upcoming releases for 2013!

If you would like to see and pre-order check out WiDo Publishing's release page at:
http://widopublishing.com/category/pre-release-specials/ 

WiDo Also has several books on the kindle freebie list- I think today is the last day...

Lighting Candles in the Snow  By Karen Gowen

Heroes of the Fallen  By David West

Just to name a couple.

Don't forget Every Friday I post places to submit on my Facebook Author page:
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSummerRoss

We just put up our Christmas tree last night- it looks beautiful and I have lots of pictures of the girls goofing off. It seems like the holiday is sneaking up on me fast.

Are you ready for Christmas?
Have you read any of the books on WiDo's sale list?
How goes your writing endeavors?

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Nightmare Collection Blog Tour

This Friday I am taking part in Cheri's blog tour for her release of The Nightmare Collection. Below you will find links to buy the book and a giveaway which includes signed copies and a gift card! Thank you Cheri for Visiting with my followers.





Excerpt from Nightmare Ever After

“Young Cassie there told us a hairy monster killed her friends. Can you believe that?”
Normally, Tim would’ve said no, but seeing those eyes, his gut told him to trust her. “And I guess you think the killer’s back. Is that why you brought these folders to a crime scene?”
“You guessed right, Agent O’Conner. One man from the forestry service recognized the wounds, told me it might be the same killer. We rarely have crime out here. New Haven is a peaceful small town. I brought these reports to check it out. You still think it’s an accident?”
After seeing these pictures, Tim wasn’t so quick to label it one way or the other. “We’ll see what Patti says. I suggest we start a perimeter search. If the hiker was murdered, then this isn’t the primary scene. There’s not enough blood or disturbance. If it’s not an accident, could this be the work of a copycat?”
“I really don’t think it’s a copycat. But I agree this isn’t the primary scene. My office is willing to help. I know it’s the FBI’s call. We have little jurisdiction here.” The sheriff gathered the folders.
“We’ll be glad for the assistance. There’re a lot of woods out here. I’ll call in some backup and see if the Western Lab can speed up their lab work on what we discover.” Tim’s partner Jess Lawson had picked a fine time to go on maternity leave. He could’ve used her help. He removed his cell phone from his pocket and searched for a signal.
Nothing.
“Oh, those phones don’t work out here. You can borrow our radio. Mikey’s back with the ME.” Sheriff Jones nodded to the deputy’s truck, followed behind by the medical examiner’s vehicle and the State Police in their cruiser.
“Thanks, Sheriff.” Tim nodded.
Jones returned the gesture.
Tim glanced at the corpse again before heading to Patti’s vehicle. Even along the forestry road, the sun barely poked through from the dense tree canopy. Such a picturesque place for a terrible crime. If the sheriff was right this man had killed again, then Tim would find the murderer. He knew he would need to speak with the medical examiner as well as the State Police before he could call in a couple more teams, but he needed to talk to one other person.
Cassandra Richards was the lone survivor. How could they believe she had anything to do with her friends’ deaths? Plus, if this person was murdered and the evidence pointed to the same man who killed those teens back in 2002 and 2003, then she could give them insight on the case. Had she seen the killer up close and personal? Tim needed to find out. Persuading her to return, though, might be a problem, but Special Agent Tim O’Conner was up to the task.



Book Description:
A legend is hungry tonight.
A child monster will get its first taste of blood in Nightmare at the Freak Show. Four friend will enter the forest on December night, but only one can survive in Once Upon a December Nightmare. Almost ten years after Cassie's December nightmare, the monster awakens to hunt again in Nightmare Ever After.

Publication Date: November 17, 2012


Cover art by Nicemonkey at Dreamstime.com. Cover design by Aubrie Dionne. Bookworm logo for Surrounded by Books Publishing created by Cherie Reich.

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Author Bio:
A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Her e-books include the horror series Nightmare, a short story collection with authors Aubrie Dionne and Lisa Rusczyk titled The Best of Raven and the Writing Desk, the futuristic space fantasy novelette trilogy Gravity, and The Foxwick Chronicles, a series of fantasy stories. She is a member of Valley Writers and the Virginia Writers Club.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

The Nightmare Collection-

A reveal of Lady Cherie's book cover-
A legend is hungry tonight. A child monster will get its first taste of blood in Nightmare at the Freak Show. Four friend will enter the forest on December night, but only one can survive in Once Upon a December Nightmare. Almost ten years after Cassie's December nightmare, the monster awakens to hunt again in Nightmare Ever After.



Forthcoming late November 2012
Add to Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16089321-the-nightmare-collection

Cover art by Nicemonkey at Dreamstime.com. Cover design by Aubrie Dionne. Bookworm logo for Surrounded by Books Publishing created by Cherie Reich.


Author Bio: A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Her e-books include the horror series Nightmare, a short story collection with authors Aubrie Dionne and Lisa Rusczyk titled The Best of Raven and the Writing Desk, the futuristic space fantasy novelette trilogy Gravity, and The Foxwick Chronicles, a series of fantasy stories. She is a member of Valley Writers and the Virginia Writers Club.
 Author Links: Website: http://cheriereich.webs.com Blog: http://cheriereich.blogspot.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/bookworm0753 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorcheriereich Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4268457.Cherie_Reich

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I am a Knight!

I am- the Knight of the Fae forest, and in case you were wondering, my wings roar as I glide by on my mount- Huzzah! 




A New Adult Urban Fantasy, The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear is the first book in a new series. And it’s now out! The main character, Hetty, is a twenty-two-year-old, stumbling about in an effort to become a full-fledged adult. She struggles with self-esteem, weight, relationships, and making the transition between college and the real world.

Graduation from community college isn’t the magic elixir Hetty Locklear counts on for becoming an adult. Her parents, who work the Renaissance fair circuit, insist she spend part of the summer with them. Hetty doubts pretending to live in the Middle Ages will help her find her way.

 To make it worse, an entity haunts her at her dead-end job, warning her of a dangerous man she doesn’t know. The ghost leads her to a lover who has a lot of secrets. He pulls her farther into peril and into a strange, hidden world of genetic experimentation.

New Adult Urban Fantasy with a contemporary sci-fi twist. Mature content.



Available as an ebook at Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords / iTunes / Kobo
(B&N is coming – visit www.mpaxauthor.com for other links)

I am the Knight of the Fae Forest!

M. Pax is celebrating her latest release with a jousting tournament and contest at www.mpaxauthor.com Help me win. To score points I need you to comment at her website before Saturday, November 17th, and tell her you’re cheering for me, the Knight of the Fae Forest to earn me a point. Score me an extra point by using the medieval word cutpurse, which means ‘thief’. Example, I’m here for the Knight of the Fae Forest. The other knights look like cutpurses next to her.



For each day you comment, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a free ebook of The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear. Tell all your friends. Win me the championship! Win a book! Huzzah!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Free Falling

Good morning everyone! 

For the month of November I'm going to cut things back a little to make room for writing time. I won't be posting Friday submissions on my facebook tab until I'm done with NaNo and while I might have preplanned posts for this blog- I'll be a little scarce commenting due to time constrictions. Working two jobs and kids plus NaNo- that's a crunch.

I watched the new Tinkerbell movie 'Secret of the Wings' and found it to be shorter than I expected but a great family night movie. My 8 yr old cried because she related to Tinkerbell and didn't want to lose her sister so Jasmyne gave her hugs and told her she might get mad at her sometimes but Kayla wouldn't lose her sister. It was sweet really.

Things I learned this week:

1) It takes me nearly 3 hours to write 2000 words when I'm pantsing my way through.

2) Christmas Jar crafts are super easy and help teach kids patience (the glue takes time)

3) I'm not super mom...My limitations might spread a ways out there- but I do have them.

Nano word count: 2005 words

Have you seen the new Tinkerbell movie?
Learn anything new this week?
What's your NaNo word count?

Happy Friday everyone.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Scare me blogfest entry.

Today is the Scare me blogfest with Scifi Media. 

The rules:

This is my first Blogfest and it will be happening on 10/31/12.  The purpose of the Scare Me Blogfest is to write about the scariest book that you have read, Movie you have watched, Ghosts you have encountered, and/or to share your own scary story. 



 My entry will be simple: The scariest movie I have seen was Paranormal Activity (The first one). I didn't sleep for a week because possession, ghosts, and demons scare the bees out of me. Partly because I believe it can happen. Just thinking about it makes me look around and hope every light in the house stays on and I'm really glad I have manly Man to sleep with.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Beta reading, cat forgiveness, and a job-

Happy Friday Friends! 

I heard back from my beta readers- There are some character issues both I and Ebony need to face. Perhaps not exactly together more of a I'm going to write it, she's going to face it kind of way. Which then led to minor plot bunnies that needed more space. But yay! That means I'm getting there and I survived my first round of beta reading. 
** Thank you Beta readers! You are amazing people***

What I learned this week:  

  • Empty jars are like a blank piece of paper- you fill them up to create something new.
  • Small milk bones and large milk bones have the exact same value no matter if the puppy wants one or his older brother.
  • Cats will forgive you for bringing a puppy home- eventually.


I'm gearing up for NaNo- but many in the blogsphere are so I wont redo details here. But I'll be working on the sequel to 'Bloodstone.'

Every Friday I post places to submit your work on my Facebook Author Page - anywhere from flash fiction to novels depending on what's open to submissions. I post from 8am- 11am. Feel free to come on over.

News

I am no longer an intern editor. I have officially come to the payment part of editing as an independent editor. I'll be posting about the books I've helped put into the works in 2013.

I finally found what my family calls 'a real job' and will hopefully start it next week after a background check and drug test.


My cat- Sasha- trying to forgive me by drinking the puppy's water

Have you survived Beta reading?
How's your NaNo stuff coming along?
Do you have news to share?
Learn anything interesting this week?

Happy writing!



Monday, October 22, 2012

Writers Therapy Blogfest post

Today is Writers Therapy Blog hop

The rules:
 To participate in the blog hop, follow these simple steps.
1. Write a post about what you use as your writing therapy (pinterest, chocolate, a TV show, book, ect) and how it helps you.
2. Pick a Writer Therapy badge and add it to your blog sidebar.
3. Have your blog post go up on the morning of October 22, 2012. We’ll post a new blog entry here early that morning with links.
4. If you sign up for the blog hop, make sure you comment on at least 5 other blogs on October 22.



My writing therapy boils down to two things. 

1) reading- this helps my inspiration low because I'm getting new input from a different writer and it also helps me escape the confines of my own writing and what might be ailing me.

2) my writer friends/critiquing. Friends are great for getting stuff off my chest, bouncing ideas, and critiquing their work to take my mind off mine. They are a great source for inspiration or procrastination depending on the perception of it all.  

Do you escape by book?
Are friends procrastination or inspiration for your writing?

Happy Writing!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Imps, Blogfests, and Next Big Thing

Happy Friday friends!

First there are a couple blogfests to be on the look out for:
Oct 22nd
Writer Therapy  Blog Hop 
and
Oct 31st
Scare me Blogfest


I was tagged by Jadie Jones for the 'Next big thing blog hop.' Go check her blog out if you're not already a follower. She's a wonderful person and her debut novel is coming out in 2013.

Thank you Jadie for tagging me- this will be so much fun.

1) What is the working title of your book?
                          Bloodstone
2) Where did the idea come from?
             Honestly, it just popped into my head while I was doing something mundane like playing on facebook. I wrote down the idea and soon sparks flew and suddenly I had  novel idea.

3)What genre does your WIP/MS fall under?
            Fantasy fiction- I think. LOL
4) What actors would you cast if your book is turned into a movie?

    I would have Zooey Deschanel  as Ebony graves (Main character)

  I would have  Ian Somerhalder as Kaige Donovan (love interest)


I would have Lindsay Lohan as Aurora Craven (the antagonist)





and Finally, Meryl Streep as Lady Charmaine (The head of The Jades)

5) What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?


Ebony Graves must face three challenges that test her abilities, awaken her magic, and make her look deeper inside herself: Can she survive uncontrollable rune magic and get her man?


LOL- That's the best I can come up with right now.

 6) Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?
              Represented hopefully.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
     Four months.

8) In genre, what other books would you compare your story to?

Similar to Kim Harrison and Patricia Briggs.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

     I was inspired by the idea itself.

10) What else about this book might pique the readers interest?

 One of my more interesting characters is an Imp named Razzle who causes plenty of mischief within the novel. He finds everything looks better with a tail and his favorite food is Unicorn dung.

I now pass the next big thing on to the following writers:

Christine Rains
Elaine Smith
Greg Metcalf

 

Are you participating in any of the blogfest?
Did you ever let an imp mess around inside your novel?

Have a terrific weekend!





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