Friday, September 30, 2011

Flower Child Blog Tour

With thanks to all those wonderful friends who've offered their support, their help, their advice, and even their blogs as Flower Child begins my first ever blog-tour... Here's a list of all the places I'll be visiting. I've put a nice sparkly banner at the top of the page too, so readers can get back to this list anytime with just one click.

I'll update, fix errors, and add addresses as things change, but, so far, I think it's okay. And again, thank you all! These are all great blogs to visit anyday--why not check them out now? I'll post links and reminders all through October so you can visit them again and meet me there.

Flower Child: just been released by Gypsy Shadow Publishing:
Find it on Amazon!
Find it on Smashwords!
Or follow my October Flower Child blog tour to learn more:

1. Aubrie Dionne: with thanks to a local writers' group.
2. Jenna-Lynne Duncan: memories of birth,
3. Cheryl Snell: my (un)Musical muse,
    Plus Cheryl's review of Flower Child on Scattered Light at
4. Stephanie Campbell: how I got here, or there,
5. Pat Bertram interviews me
     with an excerpt from Flower Child on
6. Pat Bertram interviews my character
     with an excerpt from Flower Child on
7. Cheryl Masciarelli: The letter e:
    Plus a chance to win a pdf copy of Flower Child at
    Plus I’ll be answering questions all weekend on Goodreads
9.  Glenda Bixler: Mongrel Christian Mathematician
10. Minnette Meador has new excerpts from Flower Child on
11. Jezebel Jorge: questions of identity,
12. Therese Boje: two-step inspiration,
13. AF Stewart: I tell stories: spiritual speculative fiction,
14. Mike Ware interviews me on
15. Aaron Paul Lazar interviews me on
16. Cat Cavendish interviews me on
17. Erin o’Riordan: angels,
18. Dawn Colclasure: mathematical writer?
19. Lyn Hywela: memory and inspiration,
20. Paula Mitchell: I love my book cover,
      Plus a book review at
21. Sutton Fox: what’s that story all about?
22. Mary Russel: what type of book do you write?
23. Mary Russel: Interview with Angela from Flower Child.
24. Christine Amsden reviews Flower Child and interviews me on
25. Fran Lewis reviews Flower Child on facebook
26. Gail Lewis reviews Flower Child on
      and Ruth Cox posts surprise bonus of a 100 words on
27. Tracey Parelli: not all ghosts are scary,
      plus Anjuelle Floyd interviews with me on 
28. Kimberley Brock has a book review and interview
      Plus, live author Q&A at 6pm Pacific on gather
29. Anne Petzer ends her first blog month with a post about my first book on
30. Jane Kirkpatrick features me on
31. Ruthi Cox reviews Flower Child on   
32. Anjuelle Floyd interviewed me on her radio show: Book Talk, Creativity and Family Matters.
Posted with a HUGE thankyou to all the wonderful authors and bloggers who've agreed to be part of this. I'm totally overwhelmed by your kindness and your support. Thank you!!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

More book reviews as the evenings start to lengthen

Will I read more books as the evenings grow long? I'm not sure. Football (soccer) season's started, so the guys are watching their matches in the evening--that certainly gives me time to read. But October's the month of my blog tour (see yesterday's post) so maybe I'll spend all my spare time visiting friends around the internet. Watch this space for a list of all the generous bloggers who've been kind enough to host me!

Meanwhile, grab a coffee (brew type to be determined, and remember the stars aren't ratings). Then read on to find out what I've been reading...

Literary fictionMichael Stein's The Rape of the Muse is a beautiful literary novel that reads like a painting or a sculpture--more allegory, more image, more surprises waiting with every turn of the eye. Read and enjoy with a 4-star rich and elegant cup of coffee.

Non-fiction: Heather Lende's books of essays, If you lived here, I'd know your name, was a gift from my husband, bought in Haines during our visit to Alaska. It's a wonderful collection of essays that brings a place and people to life and keeps readers glued to the page. Enjoy another 4-star elegant complex coffee with this collection.

Romance:  Smouldering Embers by G.B. Hobson is a sweet, risque, hilarious and hauntingly real romantic novel with gray-haired protagonists, temptation and desire all set against a background of Cumbria England and marital fidelity. Very nicely done and great fun to read, this is one to enjoy with a bright lively 2-star coffee--refreshes the parts... well, perhaps I'll not go there...

Science fiction and fantasy:
Hurricane, by Jenna-Lynne Duncan, tells a story of New Orleans around the time of Katrina, where Ana, an awkward but beautiful teenager, has clouds of mystery gathering over her head at least as dark as those threatening her town. Teen fiction with curious mythology, a convincing sense of time and place, and a narrator as distracted and angst-filled as any teen should be, this is one to enjoy with a 5-star bold dark coffee.

Awaken the Highland Warrior, by Anita Clenney, is a paranormal romance for post-teen readers, with a strong-willed heroine opening a chest in search of treasure and finding instead a fierce highland warrior leaping out at her. The story travels from New York to Scotland and back as Bree learns the past and future of her unexpected guest and finds out more than she bargains for. Drink a 3-star smoothly balanced coffee with this one.

Bill Evan's Dry Ice is a very different sci-fi novel--definitely science fiction, not fantasy. With a fascinating take on climate control that nicely skirts any questions of global climate change, the author brings recent events under the umbrella of a high-tech conspiracy theory, with mad scientists, evil governments, and a fine hero-heroine duo trying to save the world. A two-star bright, lively, easy-drinking coffee will match this lively tale.

And finally, Robert McCammon's Swan Song--a classic I somehow hadn't yet read, and one whose characters are echoed in lots of modern science fiction. First published in 1987 this novel of nuclear disaster is filled with memorable scenes and people and follows multiple heroic journeys to an impressive conclusion. Dark and intense, this is definitely one to read with a 5-star dark, intense cup of coffee.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for that list of blog-tour invitations...
and don't forget, Flower Child is now available from Gypsy Shadow!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Quoth the raven...

It's nearly October, cold winds blow, and there's mud on the ground. Makes me think of ancient Britain and the Romans, so don't forget to look at yesterday's post, meet author Minnette Meador, and read about the history of London.

Elsewhere the season's turning to scary horror stories. "Who's your favorite horror writer?" says the poll on Goodreads. ("Quoth the raven" comes to mind, obviously, but I suspect Stephen King wins the title for me.)

Meanwhile, I'm still working on my futuristic novel Elijah's Children after time off in Alaska. Erin O'Riordan has given me a perfect image to keep in mind as Elijah, Lynnie and Boy meet up with those ravens. Go to to find out more (and see the picture!).


Drum roll... 

Flower Child has been released! My third Gypsy Shadow book, and the first for which I'm going to be doing a blog tour. The drum's still rolling and I'm crawling under the desk thinking Help! Can I really do this? Twelve blog-posts (and counting ) all in the month of October, seven interviews, several copies sent out for review, and more... Watch this space and I'll post a list (with links) of all the places I'll be visiting.

I can hardly believe how kind all my writing and blogging friends have been--to agree to help with a blog tour in October when it's already the end of the September, and to offer so many spaces on their blogs and websites. I do hope you'll follow me round once I post the list. You'll meet some truly wonderful people and maybe find lots more books to read, blogs to follow, and friends to add to your internet lists.

The curious relationship between a grieving mother and her unborn daughter

Flower Child bySheila Deeth

When Megan miscarries her first pregnancy it feels like the end of everything; instead it’s the start of a curious relationship between the grieving mother and an unborn child who hovers somewhere between ghost and angel. Angela, Megan’s “little angel,” has character and dreams all her own, friends who may or may not be real angels, and a little brother who brings hope to her mother’s world. But Angela’s dream-world has a secret and one day Angela might learn how to be real.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Meet Minnette Meador

Today's your chance to meet Minnette Meador, author of The Gladiator Prince... and to learn about the history of London. Be prepared to discover some truly fascinating facts... and when you've discovered them, go look for the book:



***** This is part of the Virtual Book Tour for The Gladiator
. Please leave a comment for a chance to win a $25 Gift
Certificate at the end of the tour in addition to the weekly prize.
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Minnette describes herself as...Somewhere between thirty and hair, blue eyes...six kids, one slightly used husband, and any number of pets from time to time... wanttabe hippy... wanttheirmoney musician and actress for 20 Years... native Oregonian... lover of music, beauty, and all things green. Willing slave to the venerable muse. Minnette currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband, having replaced the children with one dog. The dog, Pierre, pretty much runs the show.

She's also a great speaker, a really enjoyable writer (in several different genres) and an all-round very nice person. Over to you Minnette...
Londinium was a skeleton of its former self. Four years before it had been razed to the ground by the sweeping fury of Boudiga and her hoards of angry Brits. Nothing had been left save the charred cement fragments of a few buildings. Those who escaped came back to a leveled wasteland.

Thane had to admire the Romans; soldiers and civilians alike stripped to their loincloths worked together to rebuild the city. Ramshackle houses and tents sprang up everywhere mixed in with piles of lumber, clay pots of paint and mounds of lime, mortar, sand and brick.

A grand forum and basilica were nothing more than a spider web of scaffolding, but Thane knew they would get it back to its former splendor; indeed more so. Since Julius Alpinus Classicianus had taken over as procurator, relationships began to heal with the Brits. An intermixture of Brit, Roman and even Gauls scurried about the city like ants building their hills.

It took them an hour to move through the town, skirting building sites and vendors crying from the street. They stopped only once to get loose meat slathered with butter tucked into unleavened bread, a delicacy Thane had learned to appreciate after the Roman occupation. THE GLADIATOR PRINCE, CHAPTER XX

In 60AD before there were castles, before there were Saxons, or Anglos, or Vikings, or priests, there were retired rich Romans in London, then called Londinium. There were no walls (much to the chagrin of her citizens), few soldiers, beautiful fountains, forums and spas. This was a retirement village for the elite Roman generals and their wives. That is until Boudicca and her warriors razed Londinium, and her people, to the ground.  

Britannia was first conquered because the young inexperienced Julius Caesar needed a conquest to prove himself as a leader. After two disastrous attempts, the Romans did not try again until 43AD, when they successfully invaded with the aid of the Trinovantes and Iceni tribes. Ironically, the two tribes who they would later wipe out when Boudicca rose up against them in 60AD.

Londinium in its first incarnation was a thriving town filled with the rich, shops, villas, and houses. The elite of Rome came with their wives and children, slaves, cousins, and anyone else who could afford the trip. A summer playground, Londinium was a bustling city in 60AD. At this time, Rome had been in Britain for 17 years and the city sprang up with the growing population. They considered it secure from the outside world; so secure, in fact, that there was no wall and very few Roman soldiers to protect the city.

When General Suetonius arrived after hearing about rumors of a gigantic Celtic horde moving to Londinium, he stood upon a hill overlooking the city and ordered his legions to retreat; the city was indefensible. He would have to find better ground to meet the Brits with the 10,000 soldiers he had with him. Many of the Londinium people stayed behind, not believing the rumors. Two days later the British Celts moved on the city and burned it to the ground.

It is a very interesting parallel to think about Londinium, a modern thriving city, with ancient Celts in their hillforts only miles away and American western cities build a few miles away from Indian villages. The Romans considered Celtic territory as rugged frontier just as Americans considered the west in the same light. There are many other parallels as well; the native Celts traded with the Romans for food, medicines, blankets, and modern conveniences, just as the Indians did. The Romans also brought disease with them to the isle early on just as Europeans brought disease to America as well. Of course, the final parallel is very chilling; just as the Europeans pushed the Indians off their land, killed them outright or absorbed them into their culture, so did the Romans, Anglos, and Saxon merge and destroy much of what was the Celtic way in Britain. By the end of Rome’s 400-year occupation of Britain, Rome left the British Isle to fend for itself and it entered into the dark ages.

This was a very interesting time to write about in all the books, but especially in The Gladiator Prince since it takes you from the countryside of Britain, to the skeletal beginnings of a new Londinium, onto a ship sailing over the Mediterranean, and finally, to the sparkling magnificent city of Rome itself. The contrasts between these worlds were deep, colorful, and eye-opening.

Thanks to Sheila for inviting me to her wonderful blog… and letting me share a glimpse into the ancient world. :o)

Thank you Minnette!
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Meet the Gladiator Prince

Author Minnette Meador has a new book out this month, set in the same very real, very English historical world as The Centurion and the Queen and The Edge of Honor. In the Gladiator Prince,

Prince Thane is the last surviving royalty of the Trinovantes Tribe in Roman Britannia, having surrendered to the Romans after the Boudicca Revolt to save his two daughters, whose identities he sacrifices his freedom to protect. He is condemned by Nero himself to become a gladiator, to fight until he dies in the arena. When his two daughters are taken in a slaver's raid, Thane escapes, forcing the daughter of his master to take him to Rome to save his children. Little does he know that the beautiful Syrian woman holds not only the key to his passion, but a secret that triggers a disaster that ignites the world. Will this spoiled willful girl betray him in the end or sacrifice herself to save them all? Book III of the Centurion Series.

If you've been following Minnette's book tour this month you'll know she takes her historical research very seriously, then adds a dash of delightfully believable imagination to create great stories. Tomorrow she'll be visiting my blog to give you a glimpse into what she's learned of the history of London. I've already seen her post, and you really shouldn't miss it, some really fascinating facts and intriguing details... Minnette will be ready to answer your questions too, so don't forget to leave comments.

Author bio: 
Somewhere between thirty and hair, blue eyes...six kids, one slightly used husband, and any number of pets from time to time... wanttabe hippy... wanttheirmoney musician and actress for 20 Years... native Oregonian... lover of music, beauty, and all things green. Willing slave to the venerable muse. Minnette currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband, having replaced the children with one dog. The dog, Pierre, pretty much runs the show.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Are you a member of the Santa Club?

I'm delighted to welcome author Kelly Moss to my blog today--and not just because it gives me a bit of extra time for catching up. She's the author of the Santa Club, available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc..., and if you're wondering what you'll do if your kids (or grandkids) start asking "Is Santa real?" this year, this is a magical and wonderfully appropriate book to give them.

So, welcome Kelly Moss, and what inspired you to write such a great book?

Reading and writing have always been a passion of mine. When I was younger reading was more of my focus than writing.  I loved to read David Eddings, Steven King, VC Andrews, and Ray Bradbury.  I also read the classics like Little Women and Jane Ayer.  Give me a historical romance and I am in.  But then again, any romance I would read, I am a girl.  I just wasn’t a girl that sat long enough to write.  It is so funny now I can sit for hours.  I prefer to write by myself in my office for long periods of time.  How funny age can transform you! Reading is still a passion, but now writing is so much more the focus.

The Santa Club was my keystone.  It was the first time that I had an overwhelming sense of purpose to write down the story of The Santa Club.   Just like my old fantasy novels there is a true sense of the mystical in The Santa Club.  What is considered a child’s fairytale is actually a truth.  Santa is real.  When our kids were young I never viewed the truth of Santa.  Not until Bertie, my mother-in-law, and a true, loving, non-judgmental Christian soul explained Santa to my son. That fateful day was an amazing day for our family.  It was close to Christmas and I was worried that Jonathan would ask if Santa was real.  As a Christian I had a hard time knowing what to do with the whole Santa tradition.  The thought of seeing our child’s face through the joy of giving so appealed to my husband and me.  To have our children know the idea that someone loved them so much that they gave gifts in secret with no fan fair, and nothing expected back.  Because we loved the wonderment of that idea, we knew we wanted to keep the tradition, but what to say when that fateful day comes and the question is asked, Is Santa Real.

Santa is magical like the books that I loved as a kid.  And the truth of Santa is even more special when you know the true beginnings which started with a monk in Turkey.  When you think that this tradition is so beloved that it is performed worldwide year after year, century after century, you realize you are part of something so much grander than just a fat man in a red suit.  And when you realize that this monk was a true Christian, you know there is so much more to Santa. That is why the story had to come out, regardless of my skills.  What a blessing to have something you feel so important to share take you into your true calling.  Let’s hope that The Santa Club Book can do that for kids and families everywhere. 

Merry Christmas Everyone, Kelly Moss