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The Gryphon’s Handmaiden: a Fantasy Novel by Lara Lee
Blog Tour Launch Thyme turned his head noticing Timothy sitting near him.“My boy,” he said. “I have lived long, much longer than I should have. You have learned so much about the ancient ways, but I have two regrets.”“Can I help?” asked Timothy scooting closer in his chair to hear him better.Timothy was surprised to […]
Rescued by the Firefighter: a Romance Novel with a Giveaway
On Tour with Prism Book ToursBook Tour Grand Finale forRescued by the FirefighterBy Catherine LaniganWe hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stopsyou can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:Launch – Note from the AuthorWelcome back to Shores of Indian Lake series! For those of […]
Ava’s Prize: a Romance Novel with a Giveaway
On Tour with Prism Book ToursBook Tour Grand Finale forAva’s PrizeBy Cari Lynn WebbWe hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stopsyou can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:Launch – Note from the AuthorWelcome to my blog tour with Prism!I’m thrilled to be celebrating the […]
Conviction: a Science Fiction Novel with a Giveaway!
Conviction (The Legacy Chronicles #2) by Lauren H Salisbury Hi, I’m Lauren Salisbury, a Christian science fiction author. If you asked me ten years ago what I’d be doing now, I would never have imagined I’d be sitting here writing a blog post about my second novel. I probably would have said I’d be in […]
Child of Prophecy: a Fantasy Novel by T.E. Bradford
About the BookOne misfit. One prophecy. Two worlds. Being different is bad until you find out it’s the only thing that might save you.How far would you go to fit in? Another world?Fifteen-year-old Nova Hawthorne has a unique trait that sets her apart, yet she wants nothing more than to be normal and fit in.She […]
Minstrel’s Call: a Fantasy Story with a Giveaway!
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The Happiness Pact: a Romance Novel with a Giveaway!
On Tour with Prism Book ToursBook Tour Grand Finale forThe Happiness PactBy Liz FlahertyWe hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stopsyou can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:Launch – Note from the AuthorThank you so much for joining me on the tour for THE […]
New Book Release in Seventh Dimension Series by Christian fantasy author Lorilyn Roberts (with a Free Book!)
Today I welcome fantasy author Lorilyn Roberts to my blog for an interview. Make sure you check out her books – the first one is FREE, and the latest one is on sale right now for just 99 cents. They would make great Christmas presents!Do you only write or do you have another full-time profession?I […]
His Baby Dilemma: a Romance Novel with a Giveaway!
On Tour with Prism Book Tours. Book Tour Grand Finale forHis Baby DilemmaBy Catherine LaniganWe hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stopsyou can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:Launch – Note from the Author…Grace has longed for the day when Mica would love her. Mica […]
Call of Elespen: a Fantasy Series with FREE Books!
Announcing the Epic Conclusion to the Keepers of the Wellsprings Series!Author/illustrator Missy Sheldrake has fairies dancing in her head–but these aren’t like any fairies you know. Her young adult fantasy books will sweep you into a rich, magical world, following the adventures of teen-aged swordswoman Azi, her best friend Rian, the Mage, and her colorful […]
October: a Novel with a Giveaway
Today we begin a countdown. To what? The release of J. Grace Pennington’s new book, October (available here). Yep, she named her book after the month we are in. Check out the great giveaway, and the other posts in this countdown!About the BookFor Emily Baxter, life is simple. Her world is made upcompletely of school, church, […]
Burning Rose: a Retold Fairy Tale by Hope Ann
Behind the scenes of Burning Rose: Song of the SwordWriting Burning Rose took around two years, from the publication of the first novella tothe final paperback. Of course, that wasn’t non-stop writing. I published each of the threenovellas contained in the paperback separately as ebooks, then pulled them together for the firstbook of Legends of […]
Gestern: A Science Fiction Novel with a Giveaway!
About the BookYou never escape your pastAndi Lloyd is more comfortable than most with interstellar travel, but she’s not prepared for the perils and peculiarities of a world she has all but forgotten—the planet Earth. As the Surveyor undergoes repairs, her brother August receives a message with news that will send both of them across […]
For Joy’s Sake: a Romance Novel with a Giveaway!
On Tour with Prism Book Tours Book Tour Grand Finale forFor Joy’s SakeBy Tara Taylor QuinnWe hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stopsyou can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:Launch – Note from the AuthorWelcome to the For Joy’s Sake book tour! I hope you’ll […]
Venom and Steel: a Fantasy Novel with a Giveaway
On Tour with Prism Book Tours.Release Celebration Blitz forVenom and SteelBy Melissa WrightVenom and Steel(Frey Saga #4)by Melissa WrightYA/NA FantasyPaperback & ebook, 214 pagesJuly 1st 2017Three seasons of peace come with a price.It’s dark night in the kingdom of the fey when the castle is attacked, and Ruby has gone missing. If Frey can’t decipher the clues, one […]
All the Way My Savior Leads: an Orphans of the West Adventure by Faith Blum
 About the Book Caroline and I walked out the back door and went into the barn.“What are we going to do?” Caroline asked.“Head out on our own. Saddle Whitey, please.”Caroline’s mouth gaped open. “They’ll find us.”“I know.”Caroline sighed. “What can we do then?”I shook my head. “We can stick together. Always.”Tragedy stole everything from him … […]
The Firefighter’s Son: a Romance Novel with a Giveaway!
On Tour with Prism Book ToursBook Tour Grand Finale forTHE FIREMAN’S SONBy Tara Taylor QuinnWe hope you enjoyed the tour and getting a look at this author’s 80th release with Harlequin! If you missed any of the stops, go check them out…Launch – Note from the AuthorThe Fireman’s Son is a story particularly close to […]
Famous in a Small Town: a Romance Novel with a Giveaway!
On Tour with Prism Book Tours.Book Tour Grand Finale forFamous in a Small TownBy Kristina KnightWe hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out…Launch – Note from the Author We are taking 10% of the proceeds from the Slippery Rock series to provide Sweet Cases from […]
Ever After: an “Unfinished Fairy Tale”
Ever After Aya Ling(Unfinished Fairy Tale Series, #3)Publication date: May 20th 2017Genres: Fantasy, Young AdultKat has survived. She returns to Athelia as herself, Katherine Wilson. Edward, elated at learning she is alive, vows to bring her back to the palace. The obstacles, however, seem impossible to overcome. Marriage between a royal and a commoner is […]
Mrs. Tedesco’s Missing Cookbook: A Young Adult Mystery
This week marks the release of Mrs. Tedesco’s Missing Cookbook – a new addition to the Hannah and Tamar Mystery series for young adults and teens, written by Christa Nardi and Cassidy Salem. DescriptionA simple request opens up a savory mystery. Hannah never imagined her high school service project with the elderly would draw her into […]
Searching for Sarah: a Romance Novel with a Giveaway!
On Tour with Prism Book Tours.Book Tour Grand Finale forSearching for SarahJulieann DoveWe hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out…Launch – Message from the AuthorWelcome lovely Readers! I’m tickled to be able to introduce everyone to the “Searching For Sarah” tour. I’ve been writing Sarah’s […]
Sweet Tea Tuesdays: a Heartwarming Story with a Giveaway
On Tour with Prism Book Tours.Book Tour Grand Finale forSweet Tea TuesdaysBy Ashley FarleyWe hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out…Launch – Note from the AuthorAs these three women share their lives—their past sorrows and fears of an uncertain future—readers will shed more than one […]
The Matchmaking Game: A Romance Novel with a Giveaway
On Tour with Prism Book Tours.Review & Excerpt Book Tour Grand Finale forThe Matchmaking GameBy Donna HatchWe hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the reviewsor reading the first chapter of the book, go back and do so now…Launch – Excerpt, Chapter One, Part 1England 1814 Rowena Emerson studied her longtime friend, Evan […]
Christ Arose: a FREE Easter Short Story with a Giveaway!
Faith Blum has a new book! She wrote, edited, and published a short story in just three short days and you can now get it for free! Read on to learn more about it.About the BookAnd, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled […]
The Wedding March: a Romance Novel with a Giveaway!
On Tour with Prism Book Tours.Book Tour Grand Finale forThe Wedding MarchBy Tara RandelWe hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out…Launch – Note from the AuthorI hope you enjoy Cassie and Luke’s journey in The Wedding March. And if you’ve read my previous books set […]
Sweet Home Alaska: a Romance Novel with a Giveaway!
On Tour with Prism Book ToursBook Tour Grand Finale forSweet Home AlaskaBy Beth CarpenterWe hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stopsyou’ll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:Launch – Note from the AuthorWelcome to the tour for SWEET HOME ALASKA. If you read AN ALASKA […]
Flight of the Spark – A Fantasy Novel with a Giveaway!
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The Luck Child
Cabernet would give almost anything to be remembered–except his freedom. Cursed to be eternally forgotten, Cabernet grew up walking a dangerous, lonely line between the world of mankind and the world of fairy. Now known only by a faceless reputation as a rogue and fairy aficionado, he wanders ceaselessly with the cat Maugrim as company. Then the […]
Typo Squad: a Novel by Stephen Lomer
Typo Squad Typo Squad Book 1by Stephen Lomer Genre: Action, Adventure Typos are lethal to 98% of the population. Be thankful Typo Squad is on patrol …Richard Shonnary was a Typo Squad legend. He had a gift for seeking out and destroying errorist cells, and was almost single handedly responsible for bringing about the end of errorism. But […]
The American Holocaust: a Coming of Age Novel with a Giveaway!
The American Holocaust by Brady Cruze Genre: Coming of Age Fiction Is the Holocaust really over? That is the question Jacob Rossner has asked himself every day since his family fled Nazi Germany for the United States. Jacob soon discovers that the so-called Promised Land is far from perfect as he journeys from New York to […]
Supervillain Rehabilitation Project
Redeemed, the second book in the Supervillain Rehabilitation Project ,releases August of 2020! Check out the awesome cover below!To celebrate the release of Book 2, Book 1 is 99 cents on Amazon this week only!CLICK HERE!Redeemed: Supervillain Rehabilitation Project #2An idealistic heroine. A reformed villain. A troubled teen.Can the Supervillain Rehabilitation Project form a family […]
Where the Road Bends
On Tour with Prism Book ToursWe hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stopsyou’ll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:Launch – Author InterviewWhat do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read it?I write all of my novels so that once the back cover is […]
No Chance Meeting: Christian Fiction with a Giveaway!
On Tour with Prism Book ToursWe hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stopsyou’ll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:Launch – Author InterviewWhat do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read it?The core of the story is never to give up because God […]
The King’s Trial – an Audio Fantasy Adventure!
Author: M.L. FarbNarrator: Neal ArangoLength: 8 hours and 59 minutesSeries: The King Trials, Book 1Publisher: Maria FarbReleased: May 12, 2020Genre: YA; Fantasy In a land where stories of the Shadow Demon keep children shivering in bed and tales of the Yorel bring hope to the commoner, Yosyph is both the reason for their fear and […]
Playing Tourist in Taipei, Part 4 (Taipei 101)
One of the highlights of Floyd’s and my vacation in Taipei was our visit to Taipei 101, the tallest building in the world (at the time).This impressive structure, whose shape is meant to be reminiscent of a stalk of bamboo, towers over everything around it.It’s lit up beautifully at night, with a different color scheme […]
Playing Tourist in Taipei, Part 5 (Sun Yat-sen Memorial)
One of our last destinations in Taipei was the Sun Yat-sen Memorial.  We got to watch part of a changing of the guard ceremony, but it was too crowded at that point to get any good pictures.We enjoyed walking around the grounds, which were spacious and park-like.  Here I found a statue of Dr. Sun […]
It’s all about Seoul
This past weekend I had the opportunity to travel to Seoul, South Korea, for a conference on teaching the “Six Traits of Writing” at Seoul Foreign School. It was great; I came away with a lot of ideas and am eager to start implementing some of the things I learned in my own classroom. It […]
A Day at Sun Link Sea, Taiwan
Yesterday Floyd and I and some friends drove up to the mountains to enjoy a day in a national park called Sun Link Sea. Why is it called that? I have no idea! Though it boasts of some beautiful waterfalls, flowerbeds, forested mountain peaks, and even snow at certain times of the year, there is […]
Humorous Laws from my Students
Recently, after we’d finished reading Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia, I assigned my 5th graders a project where they each had to make up their own world. One assignment that was part of this activity involved writing a list of laws or rules for the inhabitants of their imaginary world. Most of these were what […]
Linguistic Misadventures at the Orange Grove Restaurant
One of Floyd’s and my favorite little restaurants here in Taichung is called the Orange Grove. At least, we call it that, because much of it is painted orange, and it has big round orange lanterns hanging out front. Maybe someday when we learn to read Chinese well, we can figure out what the sign […]
Some of Our Favorite Restaurants in Taichung
Pretty much every restaurant we’ve eaten in since coming to Taiwan has been a deliciously delightful experience. We wanted to describe a few of them so you’ll know what you’re missing (and remember, come visit us any time – we’d be glad to take you out to all of them!).Name: The Orange Grove (at least, […]
A Visit to the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan
On February 2nd, Floyd and I had the chance to visit an interesting museum with some other expatriates here. It’s on the site of a large junior high school that was totally destroyed in a major earthquake on September 21, 1999. They’ve reinforced the ruins with steel and concrete to keep them stable, but kept […]
Chinese New Year Decorations
It’s Chinese New Year! There are decorations everywhere, it seems. The above picture is of entryway of our apartment building – notice all the red and gold velvety banners, and the hanging decorations of various kinds with long red tassles. The pictures to the right and below show a big display (from the front and […]
Lantern Festival in Taichung (Year of the Rat)
Last night we enjoyed celebrating Lantern Festival, the second-biggest holiday of the year, with the family of one of my students. A number of other teachers and their spouses were invited as well. The evening began with a delicious hot pot dinner at their house, which they had undoubtedly spent hours preparing beforehand (and hours […]
My 30th Birthday
I guess turning thirty is one of those things that was bound to happen sooner or later. Well, it’s better than the alternative! And I’ve had a good thirty years – I can’t think of one I’ve had that I’d want to erase from my past, even the hard ones. So, I guess I don’t […]
My Trip to Malaysia: EARCOS Conference 2008
I recently had the privilege of attending a teachers’ conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference was great and I learned a lot, but I especially enjoyed seeing Kuala Lumpur. The Petronas Towers and Batu Caves were two of my favorite sites. At 88 storeys, the Petronas Towers are the world’s tallest twin towers. They’re […]
Roaming in Wyoming (Family Reunion Trip)
In early July, Floyd and I enjoyed a fun vacation with his family in Wyoming. The Grand Tetons (above) were some of the most beautiful sights we experienced.We spent a day in Yellowstone National Park, where we saw buffalo and elk and lots more beautiful scenery. Old Faithful (left) was a highlight.The family rode a […]
Starting our Second Year in Taiwan: Flooding, Night Market, and the Joys of Home
I can’t even express how wonderful it is to be back in Taiwan. As much as we enjoyed our summer in the States, Floyd and I both are just thrilled to be home again!Our flight went smoothly, with no hassles about our luggage in either LAX or Taipei. We landed on Thursday early morning, and […]
Crazy Day in the Classroom
Have you ever had a day that wasn’t just busy or stressful, it was absolutely insane? One of those days where nothing works as it’s supposed to, and you barely make it over one unexpected issue that wasn’t in your schedule before another one looms up before you? Today was definitely one of those days. […]
Trip to Taitung
Floyd and I enjoyed a brief but fun vacation in the scenic coastal town of Taitung (pronounced “tai-DONG”) in southeast Taiwan. Our hotel (which cost about $30 US per night) was pretty nice, with a unique “aboriginal” theme to it, especially out front. Taitung is home to one of Taiwan’s aboriginal tribes, so the local […]
Four Days in Hong Kong!
I just got back from a 4-day trip to Hong Kong to attend a teachers’ conference. The conference was great, but Hong Kong was even better. It was my first time there, and I had decided I was going to squeeze in all the sightseeing and fun I possibly could in whatever spare time I […]
Bizarre Laws
It’s that time of year again. My 5th graders handed in their “Terabithia Projects” a few days ago. We just finished reading Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia in class, and they each had to create their own imaginary world and write up a report about it. One section of the report calls for them to […]
Christmas Dinner… Sort Of
Our friends and co-workers, Dondi and Liana Peleo, invited us to their apartment building’s Christmas party last night. The party was in the form of a twelve-course Chinese banquet! The dishes were brought out one at a time – none was huge, but most were delicious, and several looked very fancy. I took pictures of […]
Christmas in a Taiwanese Apartment Building
Our apartment building had a Christmas party a week and a half ago. It’s interesting: most people in Taiwan don’t really celebrate Christmas (public schools and offices are open on the 25th for business as usual), much less understand what it’s about. And yet they do see it as an excuse to have parties and […]
Chinese New Year: The Year of the Ox
The Year of the Ox is upon us, and oxen (in various forms) are everywhere in Taiwan. I took these pictures at the Shui Nan Market the Saturday before Chinese New Year.Decorations (mostly red and gold and cow-themed) are for sale or on display everywhere. Even fruit (designed to be given as gifts) comes with […]
It’s a Dog’s Life!
Ever wonder what a dog’s life is like in Taiwan? I’ll give you a hint: scooters and clothes both play a big part!
Vacation in Kenting
We just got back from a fun little four-day vacation in Kenting (pronounced “kun-ding”) at the southern tip of Taiwan.  We went with some friends from Morrison who were nice enough to let us ride with them in their van (we don’t have a car here in Taiwan). Kenting is one of the most famous […]
Easter in Taichung
Happy Easter! The day really isn’t celebrated here in Taiwan, so we haven’t seen any chocolate eggs or bunnies or other decorations around – which is actually kind of nice. I think it helps us focus on the real meaning of the day when all the extra stuff isn’t there (much as I’d enjoy a Cadbury […]
Typhoons, Millipedes, and Kidney Stones
 http://upload.wikimedia.org/Hello from Taiwan! We’ve been back about a week and a half, and a full week and a half it’s been! We didn’t expect to be greeted by a typhoon and a kidney stone, but I’m getting ahead of myself….Floyd and I arrived last week on Wednesday morning, and spent most of the day cleaning […]
Hsi Tou (Bamboo Forest) – A Poem
Hsi Touby Annie Douglass Lima God’s glory shows in all He’s madeI see it in the woods displayedFrom mossy rocks in riverbedTo silver ferns in sunlight spreadAnd shrubs with shining leaves arrayed.The green-clad mountains rising highLoom misty-headed to the skyAbove the bamboo and the pinesAll robed with lichen, draped with vines Where brilliant blossoms catch […]
Playing Tourist in Taipei
Floyd and I are enjoying our fall break here in Taiwan. We spent three or four days this week in Taipei and had fun playing tourist. Here are a few snapshots of our experiences there.The Museum of Drinking Water! Yep, it was about as exciting as it sounds. But the building was beautiful, and you […]
It’s the Law
A couple of days ago, after we had finished reading Katherine Paterson’s novel Bridge to Terabithia, my fifth graders turned in a project where they each had to create an imaginary world. My class this year was exceptionally creative: they came up with worlds populated by rabbits, robots, talking candles, stick figures, otters, ghosts, and […]
Gorgeous Gu Guan
I had a fun weekend with friends in the little mountain community of Gu Guan. It was refreshing to get out of the city and actually see some green!Peggy, Natalie, Fiona and I spent time hiking through the forest, soaking in the hot springs, and hanging out in 7-Eleven. Yes, even in Gu Guan!“Recrotion” area?! […]
Swine Flu!
From what we hear from the States, it seems that swine flu is a big thing in the news there right now. It’s certainly a big thing here in Taiwan, and although it’s widespread, the Taiwanese are taking great precautions to try to keep it under control. For a couple of months now, Morrison has been […]
Christmas Travels Around Taiwan
My parents flew in from the States to visit Floyd and me for Christmas. It had been a year and a half since we’d seen each other, and we had a great time together! It was fun to show them around our home, school, neighborhood, and country. They spent a morning in my classroom, met […]
Chinese New Year: The Year of the Tiger
It’s officially the Year of the Tiger now. Here are a few pictures taken in the Shui Nan Market and a local park right before the new year (though because it’s been rainy for most of the last week or so, I didn’t get as many as usual).A mini parade down one of the main […]
Kaohsiung Vacation – A Day at the Zoo
Floyd and I enjoyed our visit to the zoo in Kaohsiung.  It’s smaller than the one in Taipei (which you can read about in another of my blog posts here), and not quite as nice, but still pleasant.  You don’t need all day to see it thoroughly.  Here are a few glimpses of animals and […]
Back in Taiwan
Wow, it’s been forever since I posted anything here. Almost a year! I much prefer Facebook, since it’s so convenient to post short comments, and they make it much easier to upload pictures. But this afternoon I decided it was time for another blog post.Floyd and I arrived safely back in Taiwan early this morning […]
The Wilds of Borneo (Well, not Quite)
I love Malaysia!  I’m here for a few days for a conference, which is being held in the beautiful, touristy town of Kota Kinabalu in the state of Sabah.  This part of Malaysia is located on the island of Borneo, along with a piece of Indonesia and the whole country of Brunei.  (The rest of […]
Borneo: The Green Connection and Dinner on the Beach
I’m here in Malaysian Borneo for a few days attending a teaching conference, and I’m loving it!  (To see my first Bornean blog post, click here.)Yesterday afternoon after the conference was over for the day, Floyd and I decided to visit an aquarium called the Green Connection here in Kota Kinabalu.  It wasn’t especially large […]
Borneo: Tun Mustapha Tower and Sabah Museum and Cultural Village
I’m here in Malaysian Borneo for a few days attending a teaching conference, and I’m loving it!  (To see my first Bornean blog post, click here.)Today after the conference sessions were over, Floyd and I took a taxi to visit the Tun Mustapha Tower.  It’s the second tallest building on the island of Borneo, and […]
Borneo: Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
I’m here in Malaysian Borneo for a few days attending a teaching conference, and I’m loving it!  (To see my first Bornean blog post, click here.)As one of our last activities before we had to leave, Floyd and I visited a fun zoo called Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.  We really enjoyed it, and I’d recommend […]
The Key to the Problem
Lately I’ve been asking myself what the point of a blog is if I never write in it. It’s just easier to post little updates in Facebook all the time than sit down and write something. Especially when life is pretty normal and there’s nothing much exciting to write about. But I’ve decided I need […]
House Rules
After reading the book Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson, my fifth graders recently completed a project where they created their own imaginary worlds. One section of the project involved writing a list of the rules that must be followed in their worlds. Here are a few of my favorites – as you can see, […]
My First Phone Call in Chinese
I know, it’s disgraceful. I’ve lived in Taiwan four years now, and have never made a whole phone call in Chinese. That is, not counting the wrong number calls we occasionally receive, or the Chinese telemarketers to whom we say, “Sorry, I don’t speak Chinese” in Chinese and then hang up.I know enough Chinese to […]

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