Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author R. K. Bentley


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Where Weavers Daire - Ebook

Where Weavers Daire is my answer to Star Wars minus the whole heroes’ journey arc that Luke Skywalker goes through. Instead, the main character, Melinda Scott, already knows what she’s capable of, and it got her into so much trouble she was banished from her home world of Stuk’s Hollow.

The crooked Powers That Be said ‘enough was enough’ and banished her to a Gunna Space Station. For the last ten years her family has been reduced to salvage reclamation experts. It’s a job that kept her out of trouble until one day, while the family is out on a salvage job, the world she was kicked out of pulls Melinda back in.

Necromancer Spence MacGregor joins her on this journey and with Liches nipping at their heels along with assassins not far behind they must figure out who to trust while their options dwindle one by one.

The universe that Melinda lives in is equal part Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, and Firefly. It has Houses of Technology on one side, Houses of Magic on the other, and the Houses of Man in the middle. The Houses rarely agree on anything but when something threatens them all, they call a truce and find someone who can take care of the problem, namely Mindy.

This book took seven years to write and while it may not be perfect I think it’s a fantastic addition to the space opera genre. It has colorful characters, adrenaline pumping action, and in the end it’s a fun read.

If Where Weavers Daire were an ongoing television series, it would be on SyFy or FX with a rating of PG-13 for swearing and mild violence.

This is book one of an ongoing series and book number two will be out in 2019.

RK Bentley

R. K. Bentley was born and raised in New England on a steady diet of Monty Python, 80’s cartoons, Tom Baker’s Doctor Who, Babylon 5, Star Trek, Star Wars, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, comics books and movies. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Graphics and Multimedia Web Design from the New England Institute of Technology.

When not writing, R. K. enjoys reading, photography and traveling. Where Weavers Daire is his first novel. His mailing list can be found on his blog at http://www.rkbwrites.com

R. K. is giving away a print copy of Where Weavers Daire!

Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the RI Author Expo!

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Tara Williams


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Angel Friends Tara Williams

An inspiring story about friendship, kindness, resilience, bravery and self-acceptance. Most people don’t realize how often bullying occurs with young children. Join Aria, India, and their Angel Friends, as they deal with the difficult issue of bullying and smart ways to resolve an upsetting experience. Aria’s Angel Friend, Michael, gives her some great ideas like to hold her head high, walk away and sing… “I will smile and I will shine. Look at me, I’m just fine. I won’t let you bring me down. You won’t even see me frown. I will smile and I will shine. Look at me. I’m just fine.” Parents can use this approachable book to discuss bullying with their children in a comforting way.

There are NINE themes in this book:

  1. Respect
  2. Kindness
  3. Accepting Differences
  4. Stand up to Bullies
  5. Resilience
  6. Self-acceptance
  7. Friendship
  8. Bravery
  9. Positivity

How to deal with bullies?  SMILE!

S – Stand up for yourself

M – Move away/avoid

I – Ignore

L – Let an adult know

E – Exhale

Tara Williams

Tara Williams began writing books when she became an early childhood educator. She realized books can be for both enjoyment and an amazing conversation starter with children. Many difficult topics can be addressed using a great book.  Visit her website and find her book here.

GIVEAWAY! Tara is giving away a print copy of her book Angel Friends: Let Your Smile Shine to one winner. Just leave a comment on this blog post (with a valid email address) to be eligible, and one random winner will be selected on November 13. Tara will coordinate delivery of the book directly with the winner.

 

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Dana Vacca


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Freedom Calling Dana Vacca

Not just another Civil War novel! This inspiring story is an unforgettable story of strength & determination against the forces of the elements and the evil sides of human nature. It will make you re-think your own definition of freedom, morality and humanity. A perilous sea voyage, a New Bedford whaling ship, Virginia’s Dismal Swamp, and the war-ravaged South test the determination and willpower of two escaped slaves who struggle to overcome tribulation, conquer hardship and prevail in the face of adversity. This is a book you won’t want to put down!

This page-turning drama is packed with action, emotion, romance and tumultuous adventure, and is vibrantly painted with powerful characters, vivid imagery and factual details of the Civil War era. It is an exploration into the meaning of freedom and love and the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter.

In the midst of the Civil War, runaway slaves Daisy Green and her daughter Celia attempt a nearly infallible but risky plan to escape from their Southern plantation and stow away on a sailing ship headed north. The cruelties of slavery that have broken Daisy’s body have only reinforced her steadfast will to get her daughter to freedom. They will do whatever they must to be free.

Mother and daughter are soon separated, and everything changes. Help and danger come from unexpected places.  Although their strong bond endures, their hearts are torn by desperation, sorrow, and fear.  Faith in God’s divine guidance, and in each other, gives them strength to persevere in their courageous struggle to find liberty and happiness.

Emotional, fast-paced, exciting, and compelling, their journeys take them to heights of happiness and plunge them to depths of despair – and back again. Their incredible search for freedom becomes a fight for life and a test of love.

FREEDOM CALLS to these unforgettable heroines, Daisy and Celia. Will they find freedom,… and each other?

Watch the book trailer here.

Dana Vacca

Dana Vacca holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College. She is retired from teaching visual media and design at the college level. She has illustrated children’s books but equally loves to paint with words to create exciting adventure, vivid imagery and compelling characters in her creative writing and fictional works.
Dana is a lover of old things and collects antiques. Often, an estate find leads her deep into the past and into the life story of its former owner. Treasured possessions can unfold the whole history of a bygone era and offer a glimpse, as if through a keyhole, the intimacies of lives lived long ago. These meanderings into the past feed into her writing and breathe life into the characters she creates.
Visit Dana’s Facebook blog for Civil War trivia and book highlights! And find Dana’s books on Amazon.
Dana is giving away a print copy of her book to one winner – just leave a comment on this blog to be eligible.
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Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Dana Gambardella


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Grandma's House Dana Gambardella

Pause for a moment.

Listen.

Take a breadth.

Extend your hand.

Imagine if what you hear, smell, and touch in this very moment stayed with you forever. As children, we live each experience in the moment, tapping into each of our senses without even realizing how our senses will shape our cherished memories well into adulthood.

Welcome to Grandma’s House.

My children’s book takes a nostalgic look at my favorite childhood place. The home that built me. I spent a lot of time with my paternal Italian grandmother, Angela Gambardella, before she passed in April of 1988. She unselfishly gave me her time, love, infectious laughter, conversation, and passion for creating authentic Italian cuisine simmered with love.

Still standing tall in Providence, RI today, my grandma’s house was lovingly built brick by brick by my father and grandfather in 1956.

The book cover and illustrations throughout the story are exact replicas of the house and items in the home. My series of vivid memories come alive through the light, impressionistic watercolor techniques on each page that lend itself to the story’s feeling of nostalgia for readers of all ages and cultures.

The story comes full circle, capturing how I process my childhood experiences in order to discover, as an adult, that my senses, thankfully, keep my cherished memories alive forever.

Sharing Grandma’s House with children at home or school, with families or teachers, provides a unique opportunity to encourage them to reflect on their own process and how their own experiences shape their choices and interactions with others. As a mentor text, it can support educators with cross-curricular connections, i.e. the five senses, sensory imagery, memoir and descriptive writing, and social emotional learning discussions. Truly a Read Aloud for all ages. Let’s help children connect through story!

Dana Gambardella

An avid young reader, raised in North Providence, RI, I became a reflective writer in my teens, processing and savoring memories, feelings, and experiences. As a reading specialist for nearly 20 years, I value using story as the one constant innovative practice that remains powerfully instrumental for learners of all ages.

I coined the social media handle @LiteracyChef in 2015 when I realized my passion to read, write and nurture children’s love of story and appreciation for the impact their own story has on their learning process, just had to evolve.

Equally passionate for the culinary arts thanks to Grandma Gambardella, I understand that to be an expert in both areas, I must combine the right ingredients and practices to create a successful recipe—one that reaches many individual palettes and learners. As a result, I am embracing a lifetime of literacy, living to learn, and loving my process.

Find out more about Dana by visiting her website. Dana has a print copy of Grandma’s House for one winner. Just leave a comment on this post to be eligible.

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Denise Flagg


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When my husband and I lost our dog, Klaus, to lymphoma, we were devastated.  He had just turned six. We attempted chemotherapy, but in the end, cancer won. Then, just like that, the happy, ‘I’m-so-excited-to-see-you’ doggie dance and dog kisses were gone every time we entered our front door. Weeks later, my husband turned to me and said, “Since you love to write, you should write a children’s book about a dog named Klaus.” It was one of those ‘light bulb’ moments, and I wondered why I hadn’t thought of it myself.

For years, I wrote poetry and had a few poems published, but I always dreamed of writing a children’s book. So, I sat armed with pen and paper and wrote. I allowed my imagination to whisk me away to an early morning walk with Klaus. Writing helped me work through the grief of missing my sweet Klaus. When my story, Klaus’ First Winter, was complete, I tucked it away and had plans to someday use this book as a vehicle to help animals. I didn’t know at the time how that would happen, but I did know some day it would happen.

Here I am, years later, with two published books: Klaus’ First Winter and Christmas with Klaus.

My love of books and for animals have merged together to create a children’s book series that entertains as it educates. I serve on a volunteer committee for Friends of the Providence Animal Care and Control Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to supporting the animals at the Providence Animal Shelter. A percentage of all book sales, both hard cover and kindle, are donated to Friends of the PACCC and helps contribute to funding the Mobile Grooming Program at the shelter. I am a member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors and live in southern New England with my husband Ernie and our rescue dog, Jax.  I am a passionate advocate for making a difference by adopting at your local animal shelter.  Currently, I am writing the third book in my series.

My books can be purchased at retails store across Rhode Island: Stillwater Books, Barrington Books, Imagine Gift Store, Jack’s Snacks-A Dog’s Bakery, Somewhere in Tyme, Petals Gift Store, Woodlawn Gardens Florist, Tally’s Religious Gifts (Christmas book only at Tally’s) and online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  They can also be purchased in Webster, Massachusetts at Booklover’s Gourmet.

Denise Colantonio Flagg

Denise is offering a print copy of either Klaus’ First Winter or Christmas with Klaus (winner’s choice). Just comment on this blog post to be eligible!

 

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About my books:

 

 Klaus’ First Winter

Take a stroll with Klaus the dog through a charming New England neighborhood and meet some of his friends along the way. On this adventure, you will discover, alongside Klaus, how Sally Squirrel, Billy the Eastern Bluebird, and Freddie Frog survive the cold and snowy winter months. Have fun while learning about migration and hibernation on this fascinating autumn morning walk.

 

Christmas With Klaus

 

When Denise and Ernie carry a tree into the house, set it in a stand, and waters it, a baffled and curious Klaus wonders why. Klaus turns to his friend Pebbles, who is a dog too, for the answer. Join in the excitement as Klaus plays in snow for the first time, discovers an ornament with his name hanging from a tree branch and learns about Christmas traditions and the reason for the season.

 

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Visit my website at https://www.deniseflagg.com/.

For more information about Friends of the Providence Animal Care and Control Center, visit http://www.friendsofpaccc.org/.

 

 

 

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Tabitha Lord


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The End of the Line: On Writing the Last Book in the Series

Any day now I’m going to finish the last sentence on the last book of my first series, and I have to say, I have mixed emotions about the whole thing. I’ve spent the better part of six years playing in this world of my imagination and spending time with these characters. They are far more real to me than I ever expected and I’m going to miss them when their tale is finished.

It’s also bittersweet because the HORIZON series was my professional writing debut. So far, it’s won seven indie awards, which is thrilling, yet I still waver between confidence in my abilities and an absolute conviction that I’m an imposter, not a real author. I’ve heard this feeling never really goes away! I’ll let you know…

As sad as I am to end this part of my writing journey, I’m also really excited to think about starting something new. I look forward to turning my attention to a different story, creating a different world, and getting to know different characters. While it’s strange and a little scary to be working on this ending, the next step feels very much like a beginning.

If you haven’t read the HORIZON series yet, here’s an invitation and an overview!

HORIZON (Book 1)

Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.

Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.

As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers—full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.

INFINITY (Book 2)

In the second installment of the award-winning Horizon series, Dr. Caeli Crys returns to her war-torn world to fight for those she left behind.

Almagest, Caeli’s home, stands on the brink of revolution. Long hidden from the rest of the galaxy, the once-peaceful planet suffers under a regime that grows more violent and oppressive by the day. Marcus, Almagest’s dictator, is building an arsenal of alien weaponry by selling empathic children into slavery. A resistance has risen, but they are outmanned, outgunned, and in hiding.

Joined by Commander Derek Markham and his elite squadron of operatives, Caeli embarks on a dangerous mission to find the Resistance, rescue her captive people, and save her civilization from destruction.

EQUINOX (Book 3)

Coming Spring 2019!

Tabitha

Tabitha’s HORIZON series has won seven independent book awards, including the prestigious Writer’s Digest Grand Prize in 2016. She has short fiction published by World Weaver Press, Electric Athenaeum Magazine, Grimbold Books, and more. Tabitha is also a partner and senior writer for Book Club Babble, and a managing editor for the Inkitt Writer’s Blog. She lives in Rhode Island and is married with four independent-minded and creative kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable black lab. She holds a degree in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and taught Latin for years at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School where she now serves on the Board of Trustees. Visit Tabitha at www.tabithalordauthor.com.

WIN! Tabitha is giving away a signed print copy of Horizon – just leave a comment to be eligible.

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Barbara Ann Whitman


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Have Mercy

“What’s your book about?” I am asked often. In the beginning, I’d say something like this: “It’s about a girl who grew up in foster care, has turned 18, and is trying to make it on her own, despite the struggles blah blah blah…” It didn’t really matter what followed because all people heard was “grew up in foster care” and they got a queasy look, as if I were telling a story about stepping in vomit. So, I developed a different shtick. I had worked hard developing a title and a book cover that would attract curiosity and interest. Instead of answering like a social worker, I had to think like a potential reader.

Back in my day, there were plenty of coming-of-age books for boys, but not for girls. Have Mercy fills the void. But I can’t say that without expecting eyes to glaze over.

Part of my motivation in writing about Mercy was to educate young adults, and older ones, about the challenges facing foster kids. Each child’s story is different, of course – as different as Mercy and her sister Lily. But there are common themes and experiences that shape the way most foster kids fit in with their classmates, families, and communities. Some of them are things you’d never think of unless you’d been in their shoes.

It is also my wish that Have Mercy be a source of hope to any reader who might be a foster kid, now or in the past. Along with an exciting, fast-paced storyline, there are themes familiar to all of us. Mercy faces difficult choices and must learn to rely on outsiders. Her mother left her with a bitter distrust of authority. Then, there’s Lily. The sisters see the world through two very distinct lenses. Decisions are made and consequences follow. There’s plenty of real-life drama.

Have Mercy puts a real face on foster care for those who are curious or those who find it distasteful. Mostly, it is a story about trust, determination, and resilience. It’s a story about hope and about love. I guess that’s what I need to tell people.

Barbara Whitman

Barbara Ann Whitman is a seasoned social worker with experience as a child abuse and neglect investigator. She has worked professionally with hundreds of foster children. Currently, she is employed by a nonprofit agency that empowers foster children to become successful adults.
Her short story “A Changing Sea” was published in the anthology Shoreline and her poem “Galilee” was featured in the book Under the Thirteenth Star. Follow Barbara’s blog at rhodiebean.com
She has been a Sunday School teacher, a Youth group Leader, a parenting instructor, a Big Sister and a Girl Scout Leader. Barbara Ann founded a Meetup Group for active seniors in 2015. She is a member of the Old Fiddlers Club of Rhode Island and sings in her church choir. She serves on the board of directors for Gaits of Harmony.
*Have Mercy is her first novel and she is giving away a print copy to one winner.
Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the RI Author Expo!