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#14 Spotlight Excerpt. Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

Rarity from the Hollow   Author proceeds are donated for the prevention of child maltreatment. Blurb: Lacy Dawn's f...

Thursday, 9 November 2017

#14 Spotlight Excerpt. Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton


 




Author proceeds are donated for the prevention of child maltreatment.

Blurb:

Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn't great. But Lacy has one advantage -- she's been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It's up to her to save the Universe.

Will Lacy Dawn's predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children's story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended


About the author:

Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. Locally, he is best known for his nonfiction about children’s programs and issues, much of which was published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from1982 through 1997. Today, he is a retired children's psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome maltreatment and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. Its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines. Author proceeds support the prevention of child maltreatment. http://www.childhswv.org/

Excerpt from Chapter 13, Mom I’d Like to Introduce You to My Fiancé:

            …..…Jenny (the mother) walked up the hill to Roundabend. She called Lacy Dawn's name every few yards. Her muddy tennis shoes slipped and slid.
            I hear her voice. Why won't she answer me? 
            “Sounds like she’s talking to someone,” Jenny said to the Woods. 
            Nobody responded. The trees weren't supposed to since Jenny was no longer a child. Her former best friends had made no long-term commitment beyond childhood victimization. They had not agreed to help her deal with domestic violence in adulthood. She hugged the closest tree.
            I will always love you guys. 
Jenny quickened her pace, stopped, and listened for human voices. A few yards later, she stopped again.   
            Now it sounds like she’s behind me instead of in front. 
            Jenny looked to the left of the path.
            There ain't no cave Roundabend, but there it is. 
            She walked toward the entrance. The voices grew louder and she looked inside. Lacy Dawn sat on a bright orange recliner. Tears streamed down her face.  Jenny ran to her daughter through a cave that didn't exit and into a blue light that did.
            “All right, you mother f**ker!”
            “Mom!” Lacy Dawn yelled. “You didn’t say, ‘It’s me’ like you're supposed to (a traditional announcement mentioned earlier in the story)."
            DotCom (the android) sat naked in a lotus position on the floor in front of the recliner.  Jenny covered Lacy Dawn with her body and glared at him.   
            "Grrrrr," emanated from Jenny.  It was a sound similar to the one that Brownie (Lacy Dawn's dog) made the entire time the food stamp woman was at their house.  It was a sound that filled the atmosphere with hate.  No one moved.  The spaceship’s door slid shut.
            “Mommmmmy, I can’t breathe. Get up.”
            “You make one move you sonofabitch and I’ll tear your heart out,” Jenny repositioned to take her weight off Lacy Dawn.
            Stay between them.
            “Mommy, he’s my friend. More than my friend, we’re going to get married when I'm old enough -- like when I turn fourteen. He’s my boyfriend -- what you call it -- my fiancé.” 
            “You been messin’ with my little girl you pervert!” Jenny readied to pounce. 
            “MOM!  Take a chill pill! He ain’t been messing with me. He’s a good person, or whatever. Anyway, he’s not a pervert. You need to just calm down and get off me.”
            Jenny stood up. DotCom stood up. Jenny’s jaw dropped.
            He ain't got no private parts, not even a little bump.   
            “DotCom, I’d like to introduce you to my mommy, Mrs. Jenny Hickman. Mommy, I’d like to introduce you to my fiancé, DotCom.”
            Jenny sat down on the recliner. Her face was less than a foot from DotCom’s crotch and she stared straight at it. It was smooth, hairless, and odor free.  
            “Mrs. Hickman, I apologize for any inconvenience that this misunderstanding has caused. It is very nice to meet you after having heard so much. You arrived earlier than expected. I did not have time to properly prepare and receive. Again, I apologize.” 
            I will need much more training if I'm ever assigned to a more formal setting than a cave, such as to the United Nations.
            “Come on, Mommy. Give him a hug or something.”      
            Jenny's left eye twitched. 
            DotCom put on clothing that Lacy Dawn had bought him at Goodwill. It hung a little loose until he modified his body. Lacy Dawn hugged her mother…    
            …(scene of Dwayne, the father, overheard by those in the spaceship while talking to himself)… “Besides, the transmitter was part of Daddy’s treatment. There're a lot of other things that he did to help fix Daddy. DotCom is like a doctor. You can see that Daddy has gotten better every day. And no, there ain’t no transmitter in you. DotCom figured you out like a good doctor and the only things wrong are a lack of opportunity and rotten teeth that poison your body. You don’t need no transmitter. He just gave you a few shots of ego boost. I don’t know what medicine that is, but I trust him. You ain't complained since the shots started -- not even with an upset stomach.”
            "He's a doctor?" Jenny asked.
            “What's your problem anyway?” Lacy Dawn asked. “I know.  You’re prejudiced. You told me that people have much more in common than they do that's different -- even if someone is a different color or religion, or from a different state than us. You told me to try to become friends because sometimes that person may need a good friend. Now, here you are acting like a butt hole about my boyfriend. You’re prejudiced because he’s different than us.”
            “Honey, he’s not even a person – that’s about as different as a boyfriend can get,” Jenny said.
            “So?”
            Mommy's right. Maybe I need a different argument.
            A fast clicking sound, a blur of motion, and a familiar smell assaulted them.
            "What's that?" Jenny asked. 
            She moved to protect her daughter from whatever threat loomed. Brownie, who had been granted 27 / 7 access to the ship, bounded over the orange recliner, knocked DotCom to the floor, licked DotCom’s face, and rubbed his head on Jenny’s leg. He then jumped onto the recliner and lay down. His tail wagged throughout. Jenny sat down on the recliner beside Brownie and looked at Lacy Dawn.
            “But, you were crying when I first came in. That thing was hurting you.” Jenny shook her finger at DotCom to emphasize a different argument against him.
            “Mommy, I'm so happy that I couldn’t help but cry. My man just came home from an out-of-state job. I didn't talk to him for a whole year. Before he left, he told me that he wasn’t even sure if he'd be able to come home. I still don’t know what happened while he was gone. We ain't had no chance to talk. All I know is that he's home and I'm sooooo happy.”
            “Your man came home from an out-of-state job?” Jenny patted Brownie on his head, some more and some more…. 
            It's unusual for a man to promise to come back home and ever be seen again. Brownie likes him and that's a good sign. Maybe she's right about him helping Dwayne. Something sure did and it wasn’t me. It is a nice living room. They've been together for a while and I ain't seen a mark on her. That's unusual too. He ain't got no private parts and that's another good thing. Hell, if I get in the middle, she’d just run off with him anyway. I'd better play it smart. I don't want to lose my baby. 
            “What about his stupid name?” Jenny asked.
            “I’ve got a stupid name, too. All the kids at school call me hick because my last name is Hickman.”
            “My name was given to me by my manager a very long time ago. It represents a respected tradition -- the persistent marketing of that which is not necessarily the most needed. I spam…,” DotCom said. 
            They both glared at him. 
            "Dwayne is sure to be home. I don’t want him to worry. Let’s go,” Jenny said. 
            “Okay, Mommy.”
            “I love you, DotCom,” Lacy Dawn stepped out the ship’s door, which had slid open. Brownie and Jenny were right behind her. 
            “I love you too,” DotCom said.
            Lacy Dawn and Jenny held hands and walked down the path toward home. The trees didn’t smile -- at least not so Jenny would notice. On the other hand, no living thing obstructed, intruded, or interfered with the rite.   
            Jenny sang to the Woods, “My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up.  My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up….”

Purchase links:
https://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton/dp/190713395X/

http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B017REIA44
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rarity-from-the-hollow-robert-eggleton/1118420669#productInfoTabs

http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/rarity-from-the-hollow

Public Author Contacts:
http://www.lacydawnadventures.com
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32993259-rarity-from-the-hollow
https://www.facebook.com/Lacy-Dawn-Adventures-573354432693864/
https://twitter.com/roberteggleton1
https://plus.google.com/b/108662084126982201049/108662084126982201049/posts
https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-eggleton-909b154b?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

Monday, 6 November 2017

#13 Special Minds and Sequel Update, Inkitt's WWP, First Ever Fan Art!

So today I would like to just talk a little with you guys! I have a few updates on my own work and some great news for those authors who still don't know what Inkitt is.
I am so excited to tell you that today I received my first ever FAN ART! It's so sweet and means so much to me! I have to say, that this gesture really reminded me of how every book can find its reader.
I was feeling so down from getting so few reviews and it made me sad that some people read it and just didn't care enough to actually think of what they read, they didn't understand half of the story, that put me in a very dark place. I was angry, teary and so disappointed.



But then this reviewer takes my book, gives it 4 stars, says that she wants more, AND SENDS ME FAN ART!

Isn't this awesome?! I mean this is unreal! I'm so surprised and excited and so thankful! This makes me feel so special, I'm so full of positive emotions now... Read the review here.


Okay, I have also news on the sequel to my debut novel, it's going to be a trilogy (the name of the trilogy is "Balance"), so I'm now working on the second book! The first chapter is already up and running on Inkitt. Click here to read it now. I'll be working on the sequel a lot more now that I am participating in Inkitt's Writers Write Program. You can also read the first book in the series, ALSO FOR FREE. Click here to read Special Minds.
Surprise! - Addams Family Values GIF - Addamsfamilyvalues Surprise GIFs
And this brings us to the news for other authors! I recently found this site called Inkitt, it's a great place to share your work, and if it gets noticed - you might even get published! It's a really good deal if you're like me and don't have the money to promote yourself. There are also monthly contests, the main monthly contest is the Novel Contest, you can participate every month. There are also other contests with different fees (mostly the entry fee is FREE) and the winner will get either promotions or win a green prize (green like DOLLAR GREEN)!
And also the Writers Write Program. It's a great opportunity to get rid of your writers block and just an awesome thing to do! I won't bore you with the details, just check it out!

Well, that's it for today, hope some of the news were as exciting for you as they were for me, hope some stuff will help authors get to their goals. And as always, I'll see ya next time ;*

Friday, 27 October 2017

#11 Review on Acceptance by Trish Beninato

     Acceptance        ★★★★★

When destiny and desire collide...

In a community full of supernatural powers, eighteen-year-old Jewel longs for a life of normalcy. But nothing in her life is ordinary. And suddenly she discover she's more abnormal than she ever realized--complete with a past she never knew existed. Once a goddess from ancient Greece, Jewel is the main reason everyone has their special abilities.

As she struggles with her newfound knowledge, Jewel encounters the mysterious god of Egypt, Anubis. With a past she has no recollection of, she tries to deny the pull she has for the sexy god. But, destiny has other plans. As she uncovers more secrets about who she really is, Jewel is pulled into a dangerous world surrounded by a prophecy--a prophecy that both terrifies and intrigues her. Will Jewel accept who she once was for a chance to become who she's meant to be?

Check out my video review, it's spoiler free!

Or the half spoiler video review!

OH MY GOD! This read was just so perfect, so sweet, interesting, oh, just so gooooooood!!!
"Now every time you look in the mirror, you will remember your betrayal, your fear, and you'll remember me." - Jewel.

 I loved this book so much, it was everything to me. UNTIL I GOT TO THE END!

I NEED MORE!!!!!
CHARACTERS:

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • Jewel - I loved her. Yes there were times that I just wanted to tell her to shut the fuck up, but mostly I enjoyed her company through my sick days. She's a read Jewel :D
  • Anubis - *sigh*...*dreamy sigh* I adore this character. He's so sweet and so good and I was hot through every scene with that guy. And even though I have a boyfriend, and I love him very much... But Anubis had me one of my favourite Egyptian Gods before I read Acceptance, NOW I just want to marry this character! Oh, yeah ^^ Well... A girl can dream!
I just pray that she's happy, safe and loved, no matter what she chooses - even if it breaks me. - Anubis.

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS:

  • Teddy and Robert - I loved these two, they're such nice and neat characters. Teddy is the main supporter I think. The best friend and such a cute person. Even his NAME is CUTE! Robert is very calm and protective. I loved that about him. Such a good father figure. (I think, I have been suspicious after a few scenes with the auras, but I'm not sure if that will affect my feelings for this character).
  • Thoth - this one is so much fun! I love these kinds of characters that just scream "I'm sexy and I know it", but then he's like also "I'm a smart ass and I know it!" I love love love this character, so goooood.

MINOR CHARACTERS:

  • Andrew - I was really getting tire of that guy. Yeah, you're hot, so what? Cool down. (This is such a great joke, but sadly only few who read the book would understand it)
  • Beroe - I HATE that bitch. There's nothing more to say but how much I hate her!
  • Aphrodite - this is one of my most favourite minor characters. Probably because she was also one of my favourite Greek Goddesses when I was little. Like, this character has so much love in her, you actually believe that she's the Goddess of love! I adore her for being so supportive and sweet and emotional.
  • Eros - even though there was very little with this character I adored him. He's also so sweet and cute and has this sunny energy you just can't miss out on.
  • Gale and Jeff - these two lovebirds were rarely seen in the book but I still loved them. Especially Gale. I don't know why, but I really, really like them.
"You're so many things. You're the beat of my heart, the breath on my lips; you are my sun, my moon, and my soul. You are the only love I will ever know." - Anubis.
 
THOUGHTS:
  • I hated that Zeus is such an asshole! I know the myths and all, I know that everyone hated everyone. But I love the Disney movie Hercules, and I always loved that Zeus from that movie. I have childish connection to that Zeus. I understand that this part is actually right in Acceptance, but still. I love Zeus and I hate to see him like this in this story.
  • I loved Anubis. Man did I love that guy. He's just perfect. I am just drooling over this character and I can't stop thinking about him and that makes me shiver! I love the book for this!
  • This was written so well, the story line, the plot, the universe, the characters. Everything was perfect in my eyes. Again, I LOVE THIS BOOK
"I am yours, and you are mine. Together we are one." - Jewel
"One heart, one soul, one love, forever and always." - Anubis
 
ALL IN ALL:
I LOVE THIS BOOK, TAKE IT AND NEVER LET GO, BECAUSE IT'S JUST PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!! I RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!! MY MIND IS OFFICIALLY BLOWN!!!
"Whatever you remember. Whatever you learn, just remember I love you as you are now as I loved you then, and nothing will ever change that." - Anubis.





Monday, 23 October 2017

#10 I'm a BookTuber now!

Hey guys! It's me again! This is a quick post, just letting you know that I've decided to create my own BookTube channel *excited*. Now my reviews will also appear on that channel and maybe other fun stuff I'll get to do.
I already did my first video, it's a BookTube newbie tag video, I really hope that you'll enjoy this awkward little part of my blog. I would appreciate it so much if you could like and subscribe to help me build my audience.



Saturday, 21 October 2017

#9 Interview with Joshua Jadon - Book Cover Designer




Hello everyone, today is the day I talked so much about! Are you excited? I know I am!



Joshua Jadon is a well known Book Cover Designer, he worked with New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling authors. He was rated 5-stars by Readers Favorite.
I took the opportunity and did an interview with him! So let's not wait any longer and dive right into it.




On your site you talk about how you got where you are now, how your career started. Did you think you would reach that success in your work from the very beginning, or was that just another tryout, that in the end became your life's work?


After I learned how to design book covers in college I had a good idea of what I wanted to offer as a service online. My dad has always talked about running a service based business and this seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to do my part. Plus on the side I’ve always liked art and creating things from ideas which I think is another reason I found book cover design really interesting.
I remember being at my mom's house making my first book cover design sale after launching my website joshuajadon.com, that day I figured since I had done it once, I could definitely do it again. It was just a matter of finding clients and authors online to work with from there.

No, I didn’t think I would still be designing book covers after just one project in college but here I am today still doing it so I think it really came down to me in the end choosing whether I wanted to work a job or focus on only book cover design being my main thing.



Did you ever think about changing your line of work, trying out other things connected to art?
After I got into book cover design that has really been my only focus. I figured if I built my name up as a book cover designer online that way more people would know what I was doing and that would create me the opportunity to keep doing this. So no I don’t think about doing other work. I told myself if I can’t make this work then I don’t really want to be doing it at all. I had to start somewhere though, I remember not having a clue what to do as far as marketing my business goes and I am still working on that but I am starting to get the hang of how things work on social media.


How old were you when you made your first drawing?



The first drawing I can remember doing I was like 5 or 6 probably. I seen other older kids drawing really well when I was little and started to try to mimic what they were doing. After a while I got the hang of it and the only thing I can say that made me better was practicing. I drew every day pretty much from 2nd grade all the way through 12th grade. Some kids played soccer, other kids hockey, for me it was drawing that I liked doing. Art class was my favorite class in school and really the only one I liked.


How many covers did you create already?



I’ve created 500 or so book covers since I got started. Still finding new authors, writers, and self-publishers everyday to connect with online which keeps me going.




Do you still have a copy of your first cover?


I looked all over for it. I can’t find  the original design. It was a redesign for the book The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. If I do find it I will definitely send it over to you or post it on my social media accounts if I do find it.



How many orders do you get monthly?


Personally it can vary from a few sales a day to none if I am not staying active on social media but that's business right. All based on how you play the cards every second. At this point I am just focused on growing a little bit more everyday and building my overall presence online as a book cover designer online. My goal is to get to page 1 of Google for the keyword “book cover design”, still working at that, haha, all good though, I like the grind and I’m patient.


Are you currently working with any bestselling authors?


I have about 20 clients I am working with right now and they are all self-published authors. Usually when I am working for a New York Times bestseller or any other bestseller they always ask me to add it to the top of their book. Right now, I have no one asking me that but that’s alright they will be on their way to becoming bestsellers :)  With a good book and the right audience any book can reach the bestseller level.


When you receive an order, what happens next? What is the most common routine of your designer - author relationship?


So right after an author places a book cover design order on my website I am sent a email that includes the book cover design order form they filled out before paying. I look that over to get an idea of what I will be doing and then from there I build a file in my computer with their name and start setting things up. When I am finished with the concept book cover design after about 3-5 days I then send it over for the author to review and if they see anything at that point that they want me to change I then go ahead and do that.

As listed on my site I do provide unlimited revisions to anyone that orders a book cover design through me. This makes sure they are happy by the time we’re done working together.  If the author is not happy with the book cover design then I’m not happy with the book cover design.


After you are done with a cover, do you stay connected with the author?


Yes, I always stay connected with authors, mainly through social media. That’s really where my business flows from. Once we get connected via email I definitely stay in touch though and always makes sure to add their testimonial about my book cover design service to my website.

On your facebook page it says that you like to read books, you also talk about hiking and camping on your site. Are there any other activities you spend your time on while off work?
What genres do you like to read? Can you name your top 3 favourite books?

To be honest I’ve been so focused on designing I haven’t read to many books lately. I ordered a monthly copy of Entrepreneur magazine and have that sitting by my desk for inspiration though if that counts!
My favorite genre of book I would have to say is well anything that helps me with whatever I’m working on at the moment. For example I have a book on how to launch a product/service website by Jeff Walker called Launch, I have a book by Ashlee Vance that he wrote about Elon Musk, a few more to mention are The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosak, some Napoleon Hill books, and a few more.

Does it happen that after creating a cover you read the book?
Ironically I don’t usually read the books I design covers for. I do ask for a good description on my website but that is about it.
In your opinion, what are your 3 best covers?
Here are three book covers I designed.
The book cover design on the left I created for author Jacob Nordby, the one in the middle I created for author Serena Gulledge, and the one on the right I created for New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Debra Burroughs.
See more covers designed by Joshua here.
You are a quite successful cover designer, you are also quite handsome, that combination probably gets you a lot of feminine attention. Are you currently in a relationship?
Smiling :) This is a funny one. No, I don’t have a girlfriend.
That's it for today guys! I really hope you liked this interview as much as I did. See 'ya next time.
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

#8 Review on If We Had No Winter by D.L. Pitchford

If We Had No Winter  ★★★☆☆
If We Had No Winter (Billie Dixon, #1)

College freshman and math whiz Billie Dixon has everything planned to a T. But life doesn’t always go according to plan.
Her best friend's roommate won't stop goading her, the senior she's tutoring in calculus develops an unwelcome crush, and she spends much of her time avoiding her estranged father, the Math Department Head. But a sudden encounter with Daddy Dearest forces Billie to face memories and emotions she'd rather ignore, and for the first time, her father wants to rekindle their relationship.
Now, Billie must choose between reinforcing the wall she built around her heart and giving her father a second chance.
Hey guys...
To be honest I'm not even sure where to begin and what exactly to say in this particular review, because... I don't know. Ugh, okay, I can do this...

I had a lot of problems reading this book. Usually I read the books I review in university and I have no trouble concentrating whatsoever, but with If We Had No Winter it was SO not the case. I really had to sit down, put away all of my work and everything else on hold and really work for that concentration.

I probably won't be doing my usual review routine, because I wasn't caught up with this book so much. I'll leave out my characters talk and stuff I liked and disliked. I won't even do any quotes. I think the best way to handle this is to just talk about it. But as you noticed here are a lot of gifs, just look at this cat. Adorable.
At some point I realized that I am reading only the dialogues. I feel like there is just too much unnecessary information, like the MC's every move is being recorded. And I was just like...

It took me one and almost two weeks to read this book. Maybe it's just me and my fear of books that have more than 500 pages in it (not sure if that's really the case, goodreads says that it has less than 500, my reader says it's 700, so don't judge me), maybe it's just not my type of book, MAYBE it's because I just HATE math. I don't know. I don't want to say that this book was bad, because, really, it WASN'T. The story itself was good. And here we come to the part where I say "the problem lies not in the book. It's me!"

I really tried. I wanted to like this book, I wanted to like the characters. But man. I just feel like I failed the book in so many ways.
I think I would have liked If We Had No Winter better if it would be a bit shorter, maybe without those detailed descriptions of everyone's every move. I mean, come on! I want to like you! Just let me like you!
What was wrong with the story? Why didn't I like it? What the hell went wrong here?

I would recommend If We Had No Winter to people who love contemporary, complex characters and those stories where the characters overcome their fears and personal problems. If you are like me and just HATE math and long contemporary books, then you better skip this one. But if you are okay with all that, then go ahead and get the book. The story line is actually really good, I'm really sad that I couldn't bring myself to enjoy it as I wanted.

Okay, so that's it for this post, I really hope you enjoyed it, I really hope some of you will try out this story, and I'll see you next time, bye ;)

PS: I know that I promised to post that interview I've been talking about next, but just bare with me, I'm waiting myself for the person to get back to me with all those answers, so just hold on a bit more. It'll happen, I promise.