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 


 I gave it four stars. 

 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!


Jas and Kayla

The tree-


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:

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:

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.
“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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