Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Christmas is Coming. Regan Macaulay and Merry Myrrh, The Christmas Bat #Giveaway 2 picture books

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 1 comment
Meet Regan Macauley. Like myself, Regan writes in both the adult and picture book market. And we both have Christmas picture books. And I am giving away a copy of each of our books.
Regan's is Merry Myrrh, The Chrismas Bat. Here's the trailer.

I reviewed the book when it came out:
Merry Myrrh, the Christmas Bat intrigued me with its title. I’ve read a lot of Christmas animal stories, but nary a one featured a bat and I loved the idea. I was sure my grandson would love it too. And I was right.
An engaging picture storybook for the Christmas season. Myrrh is a young and very merry brown bat named after one of the gifts of the Magi. He experiences the wonders of his first Christmas among the decorations of a farmhouse, as well as the kindness of the family that discovers him in their home!
The beautiful illustrations add enchantment to the text.
Bravo to author, Regan W. H. Macaulay, and illustrator, Alex Zgud.
Here is the Goodreads link to Merry Myrrh. (because it is available in a lot of places.)

My Christmas picture book is Mom, Is There a Santa Claus? No trailer, sadly. 
but it is also available in Spanish. Mamá, Existe Santa Claus? 

These are the Goodreads links because the English edition is available at Amazon, Walmart and Barnes & Noble and lots of other places including IndieBound.
English edition: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/32184867
Spanish Edition is available only at Amazon and B&N:

Regan, tell us a little about yourself:

I’m Regan W. H. Macaulay and I write children’s literature, including picture storybooks and middle-grade novels. I also write genre Frankenfiction for adult readers (genre mixed with comedy, especially), and scripts for theatre, film and television that also fall into the comic/genre mashup category. I write more extreme fiction (whether extra scary/gory horror or mature content comical situations—or both!) under the name Regan T. M. Pazuzu. I also adore and work with animals—I am a Certified Canine and Feline Massage Therapist in the Toronto area. In the past (and likely again in future)
I have directed and produced live theatre, television and my B-movie parody feature film Space Zombies: 13 Months of Brain-Spinning Mayhem Recently, I’ve found my way back to film & television, particularly the B-movie world, via a series of guest blogs that I completed for Halloween called my 13 Horrifically Silly Days of Halloween series. I’m so happy that you were able to be my guest for “Day 3,” Susan!
Thank you, Regan. The video interview was great fun. I put a link to it on my website.
Space Zombies is also a book, right?
Yes. Here are two links to it.
My website:
“Space Zombies!” (the first book in my “Trilogy of Horrifically Half-baked Ham”):  http://www.reganwhmacaulay.com/space-zombies.html
Amazon link to “Space Zombies!”:  https://www.amazon.com/Space-Zombies-Regan-W-Macaulay/dp/1312375604/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413334079&sr=1-12&keywords=Space+Zombies!Her

I love firsts, so tell me about the moment when a publisher told you they wanted to publish your book:
I received an email in my inbox from Cricket Cottage Publishing, under different management at the time, and at first I was expecting yet another rejection—I was conditioned to expect a rejection letter by that point, as I had received so many for the various different books I’d been pitching at the same time. I had to read this acceptance letter a couple of times before it sunk in—it was written in such a casual, friendly and encouraging way, it was almost like being let down gently (yet again), but then I realized they wanted to publish it! This was the first version of Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese, a new edition of which was published by a new publisher, Mirror World Publishing, this past April. I’m so pleased I actually had a second chance to take another stab at the layout and cover for Beverlee.

What is your favourite pastime, other than writing?
I love watching movies, excellent television and live theatre…but that’s kind of like saying I love reading—I write books, so of course I love reading, and since I write scripts, of course I’m going to love film, theatre and television.  But I really do, and I’m a full-on geek about a lot of things that are well covered in literature, the movie and television industry, and often even in theatre…Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, His Dark Materials, Buffy, Star Trek, Stranger Things, super heroes, paranormal/supernatural stuff, science fiction, fantasy…and on and on. And then there’s my love of animals. I have an adorable wee Chihuahua and have had a number of cats (and will again), but I also have a couple of terrariums—actually, one terrarium and one paludarium (which is half land, half aquatic) housing toads, tree frogs, aquatic frogs, newts, a salamander, some fish and some shrimp and dwarf crayfish. I’ve also had a few lizards and other fish over the years, but it’s mainly amphibians that I’ve been keeping since the age of five. 

How do you motivate yourself when inspiration takes a vacation?
If I’ve had an extra busy schedule with my business Kuri K9 Massage and/or the business and marketing side my writing or blog (as opposed to actually writing), taking a vacation (just as my inspiration is also taking a vacation) can sometimes help. I find that I need a break and to let go of whatever’s been stressing me out, and this allows space for new ideas to come in. If a vacation isn’t possible, walking is helpful, especially in nature. I try to get out to one of the wooded park areas in Toronto.

Any advice for new writers just starting out?
The biggest piece of advice I would give to absolutely any new writer would be not to give up—EVER. Finding the right publisher (or agent) for each book takes time and a whole lot of patience, and you could be facing a long line of rejection letters. You may want to revise what you’ve been sending out some more, try something a little bit different, maybe go for smaller or hybrid presses if you’re having a hard time finding a larger traditional publisher, you may even want to try a major rewrite or focus more on getting one book accepted over another, but the point is, don’t give up completely. It’s not easy finding the right fit and it’s going to take time—you need to be prepared for that.

It’s that time of year — what is your favourite Christmas book?
This is pretty cliche, but because it was a story first read to me every Christmas Eve by my father (who passed away a little over two years ago), I’d have to say my pop-up book version of “The Night Before Christmas.” Closely followed by my Little Golden Book version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” I always had a soft spot in my heart for the animals involved in Christmas (go figure 😉)

This is a story I adapted from a short story I wrote in high school. When another of my picture books, Sloth the Lazy Dragon, was accepted by Guardian Angel Publishing, I thought Merry Myrrh, the Christmas Bat would also be a good fit, and as it turns out, Guardian Angel agreed!  

Myrrh is a young and very merry brown bat named after one of the gifts of the Magi. He experiences the wonders of his first Christmas among the decorations of a farmhouse, as well as the kindness of the family that discovers him in their home. Suggested age range for readers: 4-7

I also include a note about bats on the title page: Once the most common bat species throughout the States and Provinces, the Little Brown Bat is now in serious trouble. White-nose Syndrome is a deadly disease that’s wiping out colonies all over eastern North America. You can help by supporting your local wildlife centres and conservation projects that identify critical habitats, track White-nose Syndrome, install and clean bat houses, survey bat populations and share this knowledge across North America to help prevent the spread of the disease.
Merry Myrhh is also available as a PDF for 5.00 and I bought a copy to give away.

What is your current WIP?
My next picture book is called Libby the Lobivia Jajoiana and is due to be published by Mirror World Publishing in August/September of 2020. I’m also polishing a final version of another picture book called Dog Band, but it’s not due out until 2021.

I am also at various draft stages with my books from my middle-grade chapter books series—still looking for a good home for these seven books. And I’m in the outlining phase of work in a longer speculative fiction middle-grade novel (which may become a trilogy).

Finally, where can we find you?

And those in Canada who’d like to buy from me directly: https://squareup.com/store/regan-w-h-macaulay

Check out my production company, Triple Take Productions here:  www.tripletake.net 

And Triple Take’s YouTube channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWtJuSgTEqepHXlyNd1_ayg

Kuri K9 Massage is my Canine and Feline Massage Therapy business in Toronto: kurik9massage.c

Thank you for being here, Regan. Dear ones. if you want a paperback or hardback copy of Merry Myrrh, The Christmas Bat, Click on the links above. If you's like to ender a PDF copy of Merry Myrrh or a paperback copy of Mom, Is There a Santa Claus? enter below. Happy reading.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Thanksgivings #giveaway

Posted by Susan B James on 10:42:00 PM with No comments

I am grateful for so much in my life not the least of which is you people that read this blog. Right now I am in Texas with family celebrating doing jigsaw puzzles playing games and doing lots of laughing.Today I finished listening to the narration for Irish Magic, the audiobook, and I am very happy with what Stephanie Rose has done.  We’ve decided what to make for Thanksgiving. We’re going to a feast at my stepdaughter SHANNON‘s. I want to give something back to you. So if you go to my website https//susanbjames.com and leave a comment with your email( look on the sidebar where it says name and email) youwill be entered to one of three five dollar Amazon gift cards I’m giving away. The rest of you will get an ebook or audiobook code. Wishing you all a wonderful week.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Nancy Lee Badger and her Time Travel Romance, Heaven Sent Highlander.

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 1 comment

Please welcome Nancy Lee Badger and her book, Heaven Sent Highlander. I am so thankful she has this week’s post.
Thanks for having me back on your blog to talk about my 27th book. Heaven Sent Highlander
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I am a multi-published and award-winning author working in Raleigh, North Carolina. This new release, which was also just released in paperback, is a paranormal romance set in North Carolina. The book is filled with sights, sounds, a fabulous art museum, horses, sword fights, and a demon bent on capturing the Fae who murdered him.

A love of art, especially the bronze sculptures by the French master, Auguste Rodin, helped spark the idea that brought this story to life. Well, only after my two sisters told me about the new addition the NC Museum of Art had opened and, since it was only about 5 miles from my home, I found myself spending countless hours making notes, taking photos, and working on the series. All three are full-length books, with the first called Heaven-sent Warrior. This book, Heaven-sent Highlander, is the second book in my Warriors in Bronze series released by Soul Mate Publishing. It will be followed early next year by Heaven-sent Flame.

Book Blurb
At an American museum, surrounded by Auguste Rodin’s bronze statues, a Scottish Fae beauty is at a crossroads. Now that Gwendolyn’s friends are engaged, and the demon they fought vanquished, should she return home? After committing a terrible act, she could not explain to her cousin why she had appeared on his doorstep. 

Alexander awoke in darkness inside a bronze statue, remembering how the green of Scotland’s Culloden field had turned red with blood that day in 1746. Had he died before awakening nude and sightless in front of strangers in present-day Raleigh, North Carolina? The mystery of how was overshadowed by why. Told that another warrior awoke when a demon threatened to take over the world, had a second demon escaped Hell? When the demon appears and demands Gwen join him, Alex must use all his new skills, weapons, and Heaven-sent powers to keep her and the world safe

Eager to find the demon, vanquish it, then spend some quality time with Gwen, Alex jumped up and over the counter and headed for the glass doors. He assumed Gwen would follow him, and prayed Sam stayed elsewhere.
Beyond the museum’s glass doors, what waited was a huge white beast with a mouthful of teeth and a throaty growl.
“We should go outside, but wait for me,” Alex heard Gwen call to him, as she made her way out the office door. She joined him by the entrance, but he swept an arm out to keep her back, making her stop in her tracks. He stood perfectly still with his back to her, his feet apart, and his staff at the ready.
“Did you just growl?” she whispered.
He did not move, nor did he answer her. A thin plate of clear fragile-looking glass stood between them and a huge snarling beast of a dog. “I believe yer beastie has decided to join us,” he whispered.
She suddenly shoved past him. “Where is the demon-fighting Hellhound?”
“He acts like he wants to eat me.”
“Don’t be silly, Alex. I was worried about him. If anything happens to that dog, Kenzie will have my head!”
The image of a headless Gwendolyn turned his stomach. As he watched, the beast spun and leaped high in the air, turned, and ran off. “We should wait inside where it is safe.”
“Go ahead and wait, but Ivor is on to something.” Gwen pushed open the huge doors and chased the beast as it headed toward the wooded area. When they disappeared among the trees, Alex willed his feet to move, and he ran.

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Nancy Lee Badger grew up in Huntington on New York’s Long Island, where school field trips to lofty museums were the norm. After attending Plymouth State, in New Hampshire, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education and met and married her college sweetheart. They raised two handsome sons in Rumney, New Hampshire, where Nancy volunteered as an EMT and firefighter while working full-time. When the children had left the nest, and shoveling snow became a chore, she retired from her satisfying job as a 9-1-1 Emergency Medical Dispatcher and moved with her husband to North Carolina, where she writes full-time.

Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, and the Triangle Association of Freelancers. She loves to travel and attend Scottish Highland Games and is never far from her laptop. She finds story ideas in the most unusual places. Connect with her here:
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 Thank you, beloveds, for reading. You rock. I will be back next week with a gratitude post and a #giveaway,

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Meet Jen Gilroy and The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls #giveaway Kindle Copy

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 1 comment

I met Jen Gilroy electronically when she won a copy of Irish Magic on my blog. We exchanged emails and I asked her if she would be willing to guest here. Jen, please tell us a little about yourself.
Thank you for inviting me to guest on your blog, Susan. I’m happy to be here to visit with you and your readers.  
I write contemporary romance and women’s fiction with heart, home, and hopeful endings. Alongside my writing life, I’m a wife to a tech guy husband (twenty-three years now and counting), and mum to a teen daughter and floppy-eared hound dog.
After many years of living and working in England, I came home to Canada in 2015 and now live in a small town in Eastern Ontario where my family roots date to the 1830s.
My small-town life has more than a passing resemblance to the small towns I write about. In particular, I love living in an interconnected community and the kind of place where it’s not unusual to see a tractor parked in front of the local bistro on a summer Saturday night.

I love firsts, so tell me about the moment when a publisher told you they wanted to publish your book.

I’d been on submission with a particular manuscript (a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest in 2015) for months, racking up multiple rejections along the way. When my literary agent called with an offer, I was already on the phone trying to sort out an issue with a home utility billing and didn’t receive her voicemail message until about half an hour later.
At first, I thought she was joking that a publisher wanted to publish my story but, thankfully, she wasn’t! That manuscript became my first book, The Cottage at Firefly Lake. The moment I knew I was going to realize a long-held dream of becoming a published author was one of the most joyous of my life. Great story, Thank you,

Other than your own, who are your favorite (heroes/heroines/writers) in your genre?
I have so many favorite writers that it’s hard to pick only a few! Amongst romance writers, I’m a big fan of Lori Foster, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Jill Shalvis. And in women’s fiction, new books by Kristin Hannah, Karen White, and Susan Wiggs always go to the top of my to-be-read list.
My go-to comfort author, though, is L.M. Montgomery, best known for the Anne of Green Gables series. One of her lesser-known series of books, the Emily trilogy, about a young girl who wants to be a published author, influenced me in my own writing dreams. We share favorites. I have almost everything L.M. Montgomery wrote. It is hard for me to pick a favorite, but I think I reread, The Blue Castle, Jane of Lantern Hill and Anne of Windy Poplars most often. I am also a devotes SEP reader.                          

What is the most exciting moment, so far, in your writing career?
Both an exciting and “pinch me I must be dreaming” moment was when Penguin Verlag acquired German rights to my first three books (The Cottage at Firefly Lake, Summer on Firefly Lake, and Back Home at Firefly Lake) and published translated editions for German-speaking readers.
It’s special, humbling, and almost surreal to see my books in a language I don’t speak, read, or write, and to hear from German readers that they’ve enjoyed my stories.

What is your favorite pastime, other than writing? 
Although I’m a writer, I’ll always be a reader first and one of my favorite things to do is curl up in a comfy chair with a book.
I also enjoy reading, travel, singing, and ballet and am known for my love of ice cream, shoes, and vintage finds.

How do you motivate yourself when inspiration takes a vacation?
Even when “inspiration takes a vacation,” I try to get words on the page because for me the “act of writing” usually sparks new story ideas.
When I’m really stuck, though, I take a walk, read a book outside my genre, or watch a movie and let my mind drift.
Cleaning my house is also surprisingly conducive to solving plot problems!

Any advice for new writers just starting out?
Take time to learn and hone your craft as a writer and recognize that the first book you write may not be the first you publish. Also, be persistent and flexible. This business is tough and if you want to build a long-term writing career, there will be many ups and downs along the way. Keep going, believe in your stories and your author voice, and don’t give up.
Find a writing community as well. I belong to Romance Writers of America (RWA), the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) in the UK, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) and all have helped me in my journey to publication and beyond.

Something I enjoy about your books, Susan, including your latest release, Irish Magic, is their mystical element. Thank you! I am so happy you like them.
 My new book, The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls, has a similar feel.
I first learned about wishing trees on a trip to Asia and was fascinated by the idea of tying a piece of paper (or other item) with a wish to a mystical tree in the belief that a cherished hope or dream would then be granted.
I then discovered that wishing trees are popular in many cultures and different parts of the world, including Ireland. From there, The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls, set in an Irish-American community in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York state, was born.
The story was also sparked by a ‘what if’ question…namely, what if two people who’d given up on wishes lived in a town with a magical wishing tree?

Sometimes happily ever after is only a wish away . . .  

There’s a wishing tree in Irish Falls. The bits of paper tied to its gnarled branches hold the hopes and dreams of everyone in town . . . except Annie Quinn. 

Single mom Annie has spent years rebuilding her life and trying not to have regrets. After giving up her dream of music stardom, she returned to her Adirondack hometown—and convinced herself she’s content with a simpler life.

The last thing she needs is a man to remind her of the heartbreak she left behind. 

A divorced dad, Seth Taggart used to be a successful LA songwriter. But now his reputation is in tatters, he’s burnt-out, and estranged from his adult son. Inheriting a small-town radio station just might be the do-over he needs.

Although he always planned to go back to LA, when working with Annie turns into sharing music and more, Seth realizes second chances—and home—are where he least expects. 

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Amazon Canada: https://amzn.to/2PvtcQN
Jen, I read the description, clicked on the Amazon link and bought the book. I am feeling rich because I just finished recording a voiceover. For 3.99 I didn't feel like delaying my happiness, This sounds like my kind of read. 
What’s your current WIP? I’m currently working on the sequel to The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls. For anyone who has read the first book in the series, the sequel is the heroine’s sister Tara’s story.
I also have two women’s fiction novels in progress and both have romantic elements.

And finally, where can we find you?
I’m happy for readers to contact me via my website (where I blog every two weeks, mostly about life and sometimes writing), or via any or all of my social media profiles. I’m active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and usually post and chat with readers there daily.

Thanks, Jen for being here. Dear ones, here is the Rafflecopter, and thank you all for stopping by. Happy Reading. I am off to finish The Circle Unbroken by Nancy Massand (Loving it!) and start The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls

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