Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Win a $10 GC: Second Chances by Nancy Pennick

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Kate is ready to start a new life in a great city. Determined to follow her dream, she left college to write a book. Arriving in New York City, she vows to live in the present, not the past. Easy for most to say, except she has a secret. Kate is a time traveler. She met the love of her life back in 1927. But he’s here now. No looking back. No going back.

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Drew sat next to her and placed his arm around her waist. “You loved the canyon, Kate, sometimes more than this life. I feel bad because I still do, and you’re so sad. But I have an idea. Something I’ve been thinking about while you were gone. Let’s make a deal. I won’t mention time travel again and you think about going to Lucinda’s wedding. That gives you until September.”

Kate decided to play along. “I like the idea. Lucinda’s wedding was wonderful. I’m glad it still happens whether we’re there or not.” Good luck getting me there.

“I’m glad we learned the things we do leave memories.”

“And change history. No matter how hard we try not to.” She leaned her head on Drew’s shoulder.

“Didn’t you tell me long ago, that perhaps it was meant to be?”

“I stole Maya’s old saying, ‘what will be, will be.’ She gets all the credit.” Kate lifted her head to look at Drew. “Sometimes I think that saying is her excuse for going back in time. She was the first to go back, to change history.”

“Don’t you remember you also said, ‘maybe it was meant to be’? Carl Jr. wouldn’t have been born. I wouldn’t be here. I should be long dead and buried.” He laughed had a sarcastic tone. “Well, maybe only the dead part. They never found my body.”

Kate gasped. “Don’t tease, Drew. My dad did the right thing bringing you here. He knew I couldn’t live without you.

About the Author:
After a great career in teaching, Nancy found a second calling as a writer. She loves to travel, garden and have a good cup of tea nearby. She is the author of the young adult series, Waiting for Dusk. Those characters inspired her New Adult series, Second Chances.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Win a $50 GC: Take Me to the Willow by Shelly Brimley

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Creating Lily

When I think about what messages I want to convey when I write, I am compelled, for some reason, to write about struggle. The things that result from struggle are the things that make us real and raw, no pretenses, no façade. When you are wading through the mud, you go from wanting designer heals to wanting sturdy, water resistant boots. That’s what I like. I like to see people’s focus shift. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with liking nice shoes, I’m just making the point that necessity changes us. It makes us more aware of what really matters. Struggle forces us to think about necessity, and it motivates us to look for greater insight and answers. What that looks like for me is more sincere prayer and a deeper awareness that I am in need of divine help in order to handle well what comes my way. Lily is a woman who was acquainted with the true essence of struggle from the very beginning, and it left her a woman who craved depth and genuine love. She learned early on that things mean nothing and people mean everything, and what she wants more than anything is to create for her own family what was never provided to her as a child.

I believe that many people, if not most, are the result of their nurturing, or lack thereof. It is exceptional when you meet someone who defies the odds and does what is unexpected, one who decides she wants something different than what the psychology books predicts will happen based on life experiences. This is why I admire Lily. She is exceptional despite the fact that she’s not “supposed” to be. Lily believes that love is the answer to all of life’s problems, and even if it isn’t, it’s at least worth a try.

In defending his life-long friendship with Charlie, Will may have inadvertently had a hand in the growing chaos that leads to the horrifying night when his familiar world is shattered.

When Will Wright, the eighteen year old son of a small-town Arkansas sheep herder in 1905, begins reading his mother’s journal, he is inspired by its startling content to start putting his own experiences to paper for posterity. An unsophisticated but principled young man, Will is becoming increasingly aware of the hatred that exists in the world. When he begins his own journal, Will can’t know what events are to take place in the next five years – from his mother’s battle with a life threatening illness, to his embarrassments of learning how to be in love for the first time, to witnessing Charlie’s fate at the hands of the bigoted townspeople. While part of him wishes the pain in those pages didn’t exist, he knows that the original purpose for keeping the journal has been realized - to show his kin how he became the man he is. He will probably never go back through and read again the pages he’s written, but someday, someone will, and they will see that along with the hurt, Will’s life had been one that knew true joy, absolute love, and undying friendship.
Enjoy an excerpt: I’ve only been in this cell for three days, but it feels like a might lot longer than that. I know what I did wasn’t considered proper by most folks down here in the South, but I don’t regret doin’ it. And I’d do it again, if I had the chance. Charlie never did anything wrong. He’s just colored. Not much he can do about that, and even if he could, I suppose he wouldn’t want to anyhow. I didn’t feel it right that Charlie be ignored when all he came to do was buy feed and tools like the rest of us. So when Eli Carver said he don’t take no “colored” money, I thought it best to point out that he must be blind as a bat since Charlie’s dollar and my dollar are both the same shade of green. And when I held the two right in front of Mr. Carver’s face and politely asked him to show me the difference, he later told Sheriff Coleman I was threatenin’ and causin’ a disturbance. When I heard that, it just made my blood boil, and I decided Eli Carver needed to be taught a lesson. I went back to that store, although Charlie tried to get me to leave it be, but the next thing I knew, I was holdin’ Eli a foot off the ground against the door to his very own supply store. If Sheriff Coleman hadn’t been right there, I might have been able to argue my side, but there’s no point arguin’ against proof and common sense. Besides that, Sherriff Coleman is known for his feelin’s about colored people, so I knew I was beat before I started. I suppose I just didn’t care. About the Author:
Shelly Brimley was born in Flagstaff, AZ, where she lived most of her life until moving to Mexico to study abroad. After graduation, Shelly did some volunteer work in Africa and completed her graduate degree while working in an adolescent drug treatment center. After acquiring her Master’s degree, she worked as a counselor at a residential shelter for children who had been smuggled and trafficked into the USA from different countries around the world. She also taught English to adult refugees before resigning to raise her children. Shelly wanted to use her experience working with others as a source of inspiration in her writing, offering a voice for those who are not typically heard or considered.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Win a $15 GC: Psychic Readings Done Here by Tanille Edwards

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Three young girls go to a psychic after pooling their allowance money together. It’s been thirteen years and none of the prediction have come true until today. They face turbulent times in their lives that will make them stronger and bring them back together. The power of true, unceasing friendship and love conquers all. And the help of a psychic along the way doesn’t hurt.

The predictions a psychic made thirteen years ago bring three young women at the height of the most critical moments in their lives back together. Through their friendship, these young women learn about love, life, and cherishing what matters most.

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Diane and a woman are sitting across from each other at a round table with a deep burgundy cloth on it. Diane, who is in her early fifties, and the woman, in her early twenties, are engrossed in a serious conversation with intense eye contact. Diane, who has short, gray hair, is trying to reach an understanding with the dark-haired woman.

I see the path people take during their lives as if they were movies on a screen. It could be the words spoken by one, a touch given, or a simple stare that gives me insight into a person's life. I try to be an adviser to my clients, but I can only tell them what I see, not what they want to hear. I have been in the same location, in the same small town, for over 20 years. I moved up North after my mother passed away. In her honor, the honor of the lineage I share, I continue our work. I come from a long line of healers. There was a time when our folks could not get to a hospital—we had to learn to heal ourselves based on traditions passed on from the motherland. My people used remedies from the earth, things like black tourmaline crystals, raw honey, herbal roots like John the Conqueror root, and plants like Rose of Jericho to heal. Sometimes we are healing life situations, sometimes we are healing health. We learned old wives’ tales and used our secondary vision to lead us to solutions for others. Along the way, I was taught something many grapple with. You see, people can change their short-run destinies, but they can never change their fate.

The woman leaves. Diane heads toward the curtain that covers the doorway of the back room. She pulls the curtain to the side and walks through the doorway. On the other side of the curtain, there is a small kitchen area and a table. On top of the stove sits a teapot. Diane, who is wearing a red apron, reaches in the cabinet and takes out a teacup and a saucer. She pours tea in her cup and has a seat at the table.

What has been disturbing me since I woke up this morning is a dream that I had last night. My dreams are like a compass. They tell me the direction things are going.

Diane moves her fingertip around the teacup rim very slowly and watches the tea steam.

Recalled to me was a reading I did for three young girls almost twelve years ago.

Twelve-year-olds Rachel and Vanessa are standing with eleven-year-old Cassandra at the door of the shop. Diane walks from behind the curtain of the back room.

“Hi, how may I help you young girls?” Diane asks.

“We want a reading,” Vanessa says. She has long, wavy brown hair.

“Yeah, the sign outside says a reading is ten dollars,” Cassandra says. She has long, dark curly black hair in ponytails.

“Calm down, Rachel. Just act cool,” Vanessa says.

Rachel, who has short blonde hair, puts ten dollars on the table. The money is in singles, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies.

“Well, I don’t usually do groups,” Diane says.

“Oh,” Rachel exclaims.

The young girls all look at each other.

“We can leave,” Rachel says.

“What?” Vanessa says. “Give us a moment,” she tells Diane.

The girls huddle together.

“Look, guys,” Cassandra says. “I need to find out my designer destiny. Will I grow up in the life of riches, wearing Gucci everything?”

Vanessa replies. “Even more important than your Gucci dreams is my career. At age twelve, I don't have a career yet. This is serious. My parents are all over me. All my cousins already know what they want to be when they grow up! Rachel, don't mess this up. This family holiday, I'm coming prepared with an answer for the career question.”

Vanessa approaches Diane as the group’s spokesperson. “So, can we still get a reading?”

About the Author: Tanille is the co-author and creator of the children's green book series "Jordan & Justine's Weekend Adventures." She is also the author of the new media young adult novels with music "Cameo by Tanille," and "Broken by Tanille."

The Undercover Starlet Journal is a title Tanille created to inspire young women and has extended Undercover Starlet into brand extensions that appear throughout her novels.

Tanille has been writing music and books since age 16. She earned an MBA at 21 and graduated magna cum laude.

Readers of her latest young adult romance novel "Broken by Tanille" get free music downloads of her new Pop R&B hits "All of Me," "Feel It," "Baby Comeback to Me," "It's Not Okay," and "What's a Girl to Do" all written, performed and co-produced by Tanille.

The Undercover Starlet Reading Project is a new project we've launched, tasked with inspiring young teens in urban communities to reads and express themselves. We are committed to going above and beyond to reach youth with inspiring messages.

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