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Furbaby Friday with Christine Grabowski!


A warm welcome to fellow Wild Rose Press Author  Christine Grabowski. She’s joining us to share memories of her beloved dog, Rylie, and her Young Adult contemporary fantasy, Dickensen Academy.

Christine: Although I’d lived with a couple dogs growing up, Rylie was the first dog I could call my own. (Okay, maybe my husband Rich called her his.) Rylie was a Welsh terrier. We always joked she had dual citizenship because she was born in Canada before she moved to Virginia where we were living.

Rich and I didn’t have children at the time, so she was our only baby, and we spent lots of quality time with her in those early years. We completed training class after training class culminating in agility training. We had doggy birthday parties and visited dog parks. And we were fortunate Old Town Alexandria was extremely dog friendly, so we were able to take her to doggy happy hour at a local bar and trick-or-treating where a town full of costume-clad pooches walked from merchant to merchant gathering dog treats.

Rylie even brought an important family into our lives when she began barking like crazy at our picture window—a glance out showed a man racing in circles trying to catch his pup, so we ran out to help. Well, his fox terrier, Darcy, became Rylie’s best friend, and her family became one of our closest. Eventually Darcy’s human mom became our daughter’s godmother, and Darcy’s human-sister became our goddaughter. When we moved from Virginia, I still clearly remember Darcy staring sadly out the window as if sensing she’d never see Rylie again.

Fast forward many years and Rylie adjusted to life in Washington State. Although she had to drop out of agility, she happily made way for her own human sister and brother and couldn’t be a better best friend to us all. She kept her puppy antics well into her second decade of life—everyone always telling me that our daily three-mile runs kept her young and healthy.

When I began writing four years ago, Rylie was my constant companion, and I realized how special a mature dog could be. When the house grew quiet after my husband left for work and the kids left for school, Rylie would curl up in our favorite chair while I’d write. She literally fell asleep on my keyboard many times.

Last year, Rylie left us just shy of her 16th birthday. Coincidentally (or maybe not, depending on your beliefs), I received my first writing contract four days after her death. To say that was the most emotional week of my life was an understatement. Getting some of the best news of my life on top of some of the worst is something I don’t necessarily wish for anybody. But looking back, maybe it was for the best because shifting gears to become a published author kept me too busy to dwell on my sadness.

I’m happy to say Rylie lives on in Dickensen Academy as Zoey, Autumn’s Welsh terrier, and as the name of her dormitory (O’Reilly). Although many characters are based on real life people, Zoey is the only one based 100% on one individual.

My furbabies are so important to me, and I expect all my future books will feature my dogs. Stay tuned for a future fairy tale retelling featuring a Max and Ruby.

Dickensen Academy by Christine Grabowski

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy

Dickensen Academy is a young YA contemporary fantasy that bridges the gap between MG and YA. It is about a teen girl named Autumn, who is invited to a fine arts boarding school in the secluded mountains of the Pacific Northwest. However, she soon realizes the faculty is secretly teaching dream telepathy.

Although the premise is considered a paranormal or a fantasy, the focus of the book is as much about Autumn’s relationships with her friends and family and her struggles in school and for independence—something many teens can relate to.

Excerpt:

“I feel like there’s something big we don’t know about. Something those students were protecting. I mean, really, why are we here?”

I thought it was just me who was confused. “Well…the recruiters said we’re creative and focused.”

“Yeah, that’s what Principal Locke said too.”

“And we have the right personality.”

Ben looked up at the sky, sighed then turned toward the forest. “What did he say…something about how it will soon become clear why we’re here, and there’s some ultimate purpose for our creativity?”

“I know. That whole creativity part was a bit bizarre.”

He shrugged. “It seems everyone is going with the flow. But I have so many questions.” Then he touched my arm to stop me, so I turned toward him. “I’m thinking they’re isolating us for some special reason,” he admitted in an embarrassed tone.

I tried not to laugh—he was acting paranoid. But I didn’t know Ben well. Maybe he was joking, trying to freak me out. Or was he hitting on me? The flutter in my chest moved to my stomach. I was already anxious about being away from home and whether or not I could hack the academics. I didn’t need to obsess about anything else. But I still had to know about Ben’s dream.

“So…I also had a dream about Dickensen before I accepted the offer.”

Ben’s head snapped toward me. “You did?”

Look for Christine and Dickensen Academy at:

 Website: 

https://christinegrabowski.com

Book Trailer:  

https://youtu.be/sgjRes7zPLQ

Amazon: 

https://www.amazon.com/dickensen-academy-map-success/dp/B07G71747S

Barnes & Noble (Paperback)  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dickensen-academy-christine-grabowski/1129315140?ean=9781509221233

Facebook: http://facebook.com/christinegrabowskiauthor

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Goodreads Profile:   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18276822.Christine_Grabowski

 Bookbub Profile: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/christine-grabowski

Thanks for stopping by! Please leave Christine a comment.

Furbaby Friday with Author Amy Patrick!


I am very glad to welcome Amy Patrick to Furbaby Friday to share her love of animals and her recent release, Young Adult fantasy romance, Hidden Deep, the first book in her Hidden Series.

Amy: When I was growing up my family had a variety of pets—several lovable dogs, a cat or two, a skunk (yes, I said skunk—what was my mother thinking?) and even a squirrel we raised and named Scooter. So when I had my own kids, I knew furbabies would have to be part of the mix. Since my two sons were born we’ve had two wonderful fur-covered boys in our lives as well. The first, Duke, was the sweetest, most lovable (and surprisingly quiet) Beagle. He taught my young sons great lessons about unconditional love and caring for a soul who depends on your for their survival as well as their emotional well-being.

Sadly, we lost Duke about a year ago. I wasn’t sure I was ready to jump back in after the loss. But after much begging and promising of “doing all the work ourselves” this time, I relented to my children’s begging, and we brought home Dudley. He’s what’s known as a Schweenie—a blend of Shi Tzu and Dachshund (weenie dogs- get it?) He’s got the long, short, sturdy body of a Dachshund but the fluffy non-shedding fur of a Shi Tzu. People often say he looks like a tiny Wookie or living teddy bear, and we agree.

Very quickly we all fell madly in love with Dudley, and he’s become Mommy’s little writing partner. While decidedly *not* quiet, Dudley is the proverbial lapdog and is an expert cuddler. He’s never far from at least one of us. No one is allowed to kiss or hug in our house without his eager participation, and he’ll bark jealously if inadvertently left out of any affectionate display. He’s brought so much joy into our lives. We laugh about some antic of his literally every day, and while “The Dudster,” as they sometimes call him, loves to get rough and rowdy with my now-teenaged boys, he’s very content keeping me company as I spend my days writing while they’re at school.

Beth: Oh my! He’s adorable, and your beagle boy, Duke, was so sweet.

 

The final book in my YA urban fantasy/paranormal romance series The Hidden Saga has just been released. I’d like to share a little about the *first* book in the series, HIDDEN DEEP.

BLURB:
He isn’t supposed to even talk to a human, much less fall in love with one…

Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she’d be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She’s a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he’s not supposed to exist.

After her father’s affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn’t mind a first date that didn’t suck, but she’s determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed. Ryann’s just moved into her grandma’s house in rural Mississippi, the same place where ten years earlier she became lost in the woods overnight and nearly died.

She’s still irresistibly drawn to those woods. There she encounters the boy who kept her from freezing to death that long ago winter night and was nowhere to be seen when rescuers arrived. He’s still mysterious, but now all grown-up and gorgeous, too. And the more she’s with him, the greater the threat he poses to Ryann’s strict policy– never want someone more than he wants you.

Seventeen-year-old Lad knows the law of his people all too well: Don’t get careless and Don’t get caught.
It’s allowed his race to live undetected in this world for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore. Lad’s never been able to forget about Ryann since that night ten years ago. When he sees her again, his fascination re-ignites and becomes a growing desire that tempts him to break all the rules. He’s not even supposed to talk to a human, much less fall in love with one.

And the timing is atrocious. The Assemblage is coming, the rift between the Light and Dark is widening. Lad may have to trade his own chance at happiness to keep the humans, especially Ryann, blissfully ignorant and safe.

Hidden Deep is available in print and audiobook as well as ebook. You can download the ebook free and enter the Hidden world to see if it’s a place you’d like to spend more time! Here are the links:

BUY LINKS:
AMAZON: http://bit.ly/HIDDENDEEP
IBOOKS: http://bit.ly/HIDDENDEEPiBooks
BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/HIDDENDEEPnook
KOBO: http://bit.ly/HIDDENDEEPKobo
GOOGLE PLAY: http://bit.ly/HIDDENDEEPplay
Audible: http://bit.ly/HiddenDeepAudible

BIO: Amy Patrick writes “unique” and “engrossing” (Examiner. com) romance and young adult fantasy/paranormal books that make you want to “read straight through the night into the breaking hours of dawn.” (Bitten By Books) Her current paranormal/fantasy release HIDDEN HERO is the ninth book in the hugely popular Hidden Saga. The free series starter HIDDEN DEEP, an Amazon bestseller, has won and finaled in numerous writing contests, including the prestigious RWA Golden Heart, and is newly available in audiobook!
Amy is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014) and the author of The Hidden Saga as well as the award-winning Channel 20 Something series. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She’s been a professional singer, voiceover artist, and TV news anchor, and currently writes fiction full time as well as narrating audiobooks.

CONNECT WITH AMY:
website- http://www.amypatrickbooks.com/
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/AmyPatrickAuthor
Twitter- https://twitter.com/AmyPatrickBooks
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Amy-Patrick/e/B00MAXNU8O/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Bookbub: http://bit.ly/AmyBookbub
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/AmyPatrickBooks/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amypatrickauthor/

The Hunter’s Moon is up for Voting at P&E


The Hunter’s Moon is up for voting in the Preditors & Editors Annual Reader’s Poll under Young Adult. Click the link below, scroll down to find the title, check that and they need your name and contact info. A confirmation email will be sent and you have to click that link too, but no site registry is required. And thanks to those who vote! http://critters.org/predpoll/novelyoungadult.shtml

Story Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Morgan Daniel has been in the witness protection program most of her life. But The Panteras have caught up with her and her younger brother. Her car is totaled, she’s hurt, and the street gang is closing in when wolves with glowing eyes appear out of nowhere and chase away the killers.

Then a very cute guy who handles a bow like Robin Hood emerges from the woods and takes them to safety at his fortress-like home.

And that’s just the first sign that Morgan and her brother have entered a hidden world filled with secrets…

Curse of the Moon Won Book of the Month at LASR!


bom-lasr-yaYA contemporary fantasy romance Curse of the Moon (Book 2, The Secret Warrior Series) won book of the month at Long and Short Reviews.

Story Blurb: The bad news? Morgan Daniel’s wolf is out of control. The good news? There’s a treatment. She just has to get a potion from a lizard shifter witch–without looking into the witch’s eyes. Easy, right? But when the witch puts a spell on her younger brother, Morgan has to do the witch’s bidding to save him.

Fortunately Morgan isn’t alone. She has Jackson to lean on, a few witches coming into their powers, a secret warlock, and the always mysterious Chief Okema. What could possibly go wrong?

Review snippet: “The story weaves between modern day and myths and legends, providing an exciting and compelling read.” ~by Orchid for LASR
To read the complete super review visit:
http://www.longandshortreviewsya.com/book-reviews/curse-of-the-moon-by-beth-trissel/

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Curse of the Moon and the other stories in The Secret Warrior Series are available in kindle and print at Amazon and in eBook from all other online booksellers.

YA Fantasy Curse of the Moon Up For Book of the Month at LASR!


YA contemporary fantasy/paranormal romance Curse of the Moon (Book 2, The Secret Warrior Series) got a super review from Long and Short Reviews and is up for book of the month! Voting is easy and runs through Dec. 2nd at: http://www.longandshortreviewsya.com/book-reviews/november-book-of-the-month-poll/

Snippet from the review: “The story weaves between modern day and myths and legends, providing an exciting and compelling read.” ~by Orchid for LASR

To read the full review visit: http://www.longandshortreviewsya.com/book-reviews/curse-of-the-moon-by-beth-trissel/

YA Fantasy Romance-Book 2

YA Fantasy Romance-Book 2

Curse of the Moon and the other stories in The Secret Warrior Series are available in kindle and print at Amazon and in eBook from all other online booksellers.

Colossal #YA #NA Fantasy #Giveaway


COLOSSAL YA/NA FANTASY GIVEAWAY

I’m part of a mega giveaway with a number of authors, from October 3rd- 31st. One winner will receive a $125.00 Amazon gift card, 14 winners will receive paperbacks, and one lucky winner gets 15 eBooks. Open to international entries.

To enter: Go to Ripley Pattons’s Website at:  http://www.ripleypatton.com/2016/10/colossal-yana-fantasy-giveaway/#sthash.W9OsNu3z.dpbs

Or visit the Facebook page giveaway at: http://gvwy.io/s2fm0l8

The book I have in this giveaway is The Hunter’s Moon (Book 1, The Secret Warrior Series). And I chipped in on the gift card, so enter now! Wish I could.

The Hunter’s Moon (Book 1 The Secret Warrior Series) reduced to .99! #YAFantasy #Romance


Normally 3.99, The Hunter’s Moon (Book #1 The Secret Warrior Series) is .99 through 10-07.  Book #3 The Panther Moon, came out 9-30, so it’s a good time to snap up the first in the series.

Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Morgan Daniel has been in the witness protection program most of her life. But The Panteras have caught up with her and her younger brother. Her car is totaled, she’s hurt, and the street gang is closing in when wolves with glowing eyes appear out of nowhere and chase away the killers.

Then a very cute guy who handles a bow like Robin Hood emerges from the woods and takes them to safety at his fortress-like home.

And that’s just the first sign that Morgan and her brother have entered a hidden world filled with secrets…