IndieWritersReview Welcomes Stonewiser: Heart of The Stone by Dora Machado (Innovative Online Book Tours)


Hello Everyone! I am very excited that today, I am participating as a host for the Audio Book Tour for Stonewiser: Heart of The Stone by Dora Machado! (Innovative Online Book tour).

Please see the details below on this awesome book and the next books in the series, also I share my thoughts on Stonewiser: Heart of The Stone!

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Author of the Stonewiser Series

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BIO:

Dora Machado is the award winning author of the Stonewiser series and her newest novel, The Curse Giver, from Twilight Times Books, available July 2013. She is one of the few Latinas exploring her heritage and her world through the epic fantasy genre today. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University. She was born in Michigan and grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she developed a bilingual fascination for writing, a love for history, and a taste for Merengue. After a lifetime of straddling such compelling but different worlds, fantasy is a natural fit to her stories. She enjoys long walks, traveling, and connecting with the amazing readers who share in her mind’s adventures. She lives in Florida with her indulging husband and three very opinionated cats.

About Dora Machado’s Novels: 

Dora Machado is the award winning author of the Stonewiser trilogy and her newest novel, The Curse Giver. She is one of the few Latinas exploring her heritage and her world through the epic fantasy genre today. Her first novel, Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone, won the 2009 Benjamin Franklin award for best debut novel. Her second novel, Stonewiser: The Call of the Stone, won the 2010 Independent Publishers Book Award’s (IPPY) Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy book of the year. Her third novel, Stonewiser: The Lament of the Stone, won the 2012 Independent Publishers Book Award’s (IPPY) Silver Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy book of the year. All three novels were finalists in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Category. Her latest novel, The Curse Giver from Twilight Times Books is available July 2013.

To learn more about Dora Machado and her novels, visit her website at www.doramachado.com

Subscribe to her blog at http://www.doramachado.com/blog/ , sign up for her newsletter at http://doramachado.com/newsletter.php  and follow her on Facebook and  Twitter.

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Stonewiser: Heart of The Stone (Audio Book)

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Winner of the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award for best Debut Novel 

Finalist for 2009 Foreword Book of the Year Award for SFF

Between truth and deception, between justice and abuse, a stonewiser stands alone with the stones. Or so begins the stonewiser’s oath. But what happens when a rebellious stonewiser discovers that lies have tainted the stone tales?

In a world devastated by the rot’s widespread destruction, only the tales preserved in the stones can uphold the truth and defend the Goodlands. In this world, stone truth is valued above anyone’s word, and stonewisers are the only ones capable of retrieving the tales from the stones, the only link between past and present, order and chaos.

Sariah is the most gifted stonewiser of her generation, but her talent does not atone for her shortcomings. A survivor of the Guild’s brutal training, she is curious, willful and disobedient. Yet not even Sariah is prepared for what she finds when she steals into the Guild’s Sacred Vaults: A mayhem of lies and intrigues that shatters her world.

Hunted, persecuted, and betrayed, Sariah must make an unlikely alliance with Kael, a cynical rebel leader pledged to a mysterious quest of his own. The fate of their dying world depends on their courage to overcome centuries of hatred and distrust. But not even the grueling journey has prepared them for what they are about to discover. Because nothing is really as it seems, and the truth is more intricate and devastating than they ever suspected….

My Review

I will start off saying that this was my first experience reviewing an audio book, and it was an awesome experience! Really, Melissa Reizian Frank did a fabulous job with the story-telling and I enjoyed the experience immensely:)…

Ms. Machado’s story in one word was fascinating…wow! The story concerns Sariah who is a Stonewiser and has always believed that the Stonewiser Guild and those of her kind stood for Justice and all that was True…but after a harrowing experience, she discovers that what she has been told lies and that there was betrayal within the Guild and she sets out on a journey to find the Truth…along the way she makes unlikely acquaintances and discovers much about herself and the Stonewisers.

I will say that I truly enjoyed Ms. Machado’s storytelling. This author is an expert at world building, the world she created was intricate, magical, dark and sometimes very painful. But Ms. Machado did a fantastic job of guiding her characters through the maze of this world which kept me on the edge of my seat through the telling of this story.

I liked Sariah and I admired her thirst for her calling…(the stones) and the strength she exhibited in not simply accepting what was told, but discovering the truth on her own terms…

Stonewiser was a gripping, novel that is Dark Fantasy at its best. Steady, engrossing pace, detailed and interesting plot that will keep the readers hooked and characters that are realistic and easy to become invested in their lives.

I fully recommend Stonewiser:Heart of The Stone to those searching for a fresh, unique voice in fantasy! I do recommend this for Mature readers.

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IndieWritersReview: STEAMPUNK Novels


Hello Guys:) Thought I would catch up with you for a quick moment, because I am all kinds of excited, since I have started researching my upcoming new short which will have SteamPunk Tendencies! ,lol I have entered the Author/Media Consultant BK Walker’s Spring Bound Writing Challenge! Sponsored by the Face Book Group Coffee & Books!

Take the challenge.

March 1 – 31 make the commitment to write your book in 31 days. 

10,000 – 20,000 words makes a novella around 100 pages

50,000 – 55,000 words makes a novel around 200 pages

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So-o-o-o- I have always been a little curious about STEAMPUNK...the name was cool, and I always liked the outfits and gadgets associated with that genre:) ,lol So I decided to create a short with SteamPunk Tendencies:) But I had to do my research…started with…yep, that’s right…good ole Wikipedia, which says…

“Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired by industrialisedWestern civilisation during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era orAmerican “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.”

Hmmm, even after reading the definition, I still found myself scratching my head! So I figured I needed to do MORE research, and I did a search on Goodreads, and found some awesome titles tagged as STEAMPUNK...I’ll definitely try them out!:)

Now I will  keep you guys in the loop on the challenge and  Guys, you are invited to join Coffee & Books and the writing challenge on Face Book:O)

Hey do you guys know of any great stories with Steam Punk tendencies??? If so, what are they???:O)

Here are a few I found!

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IndieWritersReview: Southern Gothic Tales!


Hey Guys! Thought I would fill you in on a couple projects in the works:O) I am finishing up the #NightSchoolVampireHunterTrilogy…it is in editing and so it should be wrapped up and the print compilation has a tentative release date of March 18th!

I am working on a novel that as of right now has no near release date, I wanted to take my time with it and so, I’m just having fun on the journey of writing it! #FoxFire which is set in New Orleans, one of my most favorite cities!

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#Follow on #WattPad and read for free! FoxFire on WattPad

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#FoxFire will have many different elements but I believe the strongest will be a Southern Gothic flair about it. So since I am in that state of mind, I thought I would share some of the Southern Gothic Tales I’ve enjoyed!

They’re a mix of Modern and Classic Tales as well:)

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Are you a fan of Southern Gothic tales? What are some of your favorites?:O)

IndieWritersReview Welcomes Author Gary Chattman’s “If I Should Die Before I Wake!” (Maverick Promotions)


Hello Everyone! I am very excited that IndieWritersReview is host today to Author Gary Chattman’s If I Should Die Before I Wake  as part of his #MaverickPromotions virtual tour!

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AUTHOR GARY CHATTMAN

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Gary Chattman is the noted author of three books, Coming of AgeIf I Should Die Before I Wake, and The Quixotic Teacher. His books span unique ideas not prevalent in today’s world; religious-based education that is individually motivated and educationally interesting; secular education that flies in the face of nonsensical standardized testing; and ridiculous education rules by educrats who have never taught. He celebrates the talent and world view of his students. He is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah/Judaica teacher for over thirty years; a piano teacher; a teacher for the S.A.T.; a teacher advocate and an advocate for his students. He is a concert pianist and is a motivating influence for children and their parents.

Author Links: Author Gary Chattman’s Books on Amazon

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Blurb: Imagine you have become two different people. Today you are in the present, studying for your Bar Mitzvah. Then, suddenly, you dream that you have been transported back in time to Poland, and become caught in the Holocaust. Then you dream that you are in Poland in the Middle Ages. You are to be eradicated by gentile society that sees Jews as not chosen, but sub-human. How do you react? What is the true reality? How can you survive? What does it mean to be a Jew, today or then? And what about God? Is God listening to us? Does God care? Imagine you are Reuben Maimon, an impressionable young man of almost 13, about to take his Bar Mitzvah vows. He must question who he is, and what the ceremony’s purpose is. What is the point of a modern Bar/Bat Mitzvah if it doesn’t give Jews a link with the past? Imagine you are Reuben Maimon living these two different lives with the same cast of people, and not knowing what is the reality and what is the dream. Imagine what would happen if you die before you wake. Now imagine, if you were Reuben Maimon, if he should die before he wakes… Imagine.

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Promotion February 24th-28th

Mon. 24th-  Spotlight promo at  IndieWritersReview

Tues.25th– (11 am est) 30 minute Book Chat w/ Michelle Cornwell-Jordan- IndieReview Behind The Scenes     

Wed.26th- Guest Post at Write Indie: Musings of a WriterGeek

Thurs.27th – Spotlight at Maverick Promotions

Fri. 28th -Ten Minute Twitter View chat w/ Host Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

 

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IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday! Spotlight: Juleah! (Russian Winter Records)


Hello Everyone:) It’s Monday so that means music and today is IndieWritersReview’s Music Mailbox!

So if you are an Independently produced artist or group; and you would like to be featured here in the Music Monday Feature. Then please submit your bio, links, cover-art and all details with music(video) sample to indiereviewradio@gmail.com

Submission deets: All information must be appropriate for all ages! (ex. Cover Art and Music Video). Music Videos submitted via You Tube and must be edited for appropriate content and language:)

***In other words guys keep it family friendly Guys:O)*** 

Thanks to all participants!

Just In From Music MailBox

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“Austrian soloist Julia Hummer’s “one-woman-psychedelia” marks a beautiful midpoint between the wavering vocals and tender, spacious instrumentation of Mazzy Star, and the anthemic drive of Ride. Delicate guitar arpeggios meet earthy percussion in slow, colourful conversation on recent EP “Entangled And Entwined”.”
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“Slow, droning rhythms hypnotize you as you are pulled in to the soundscape.Lush with reverb, her voice conjures images of the psychadelic 60’s.”
© Tom (“Two Ton Music”)
http://twotonmusic.tumblr.com/post/75523677364/the-album-is-entangled-and-entwined-by-austrian

“The twinkling Shoegaze melodies soar with a passionate intensity, the song-craft seems bold and surprisingly muscular within Juleah’s devotional psychedelic tone – The supremely confident reverb is flaunted like an exquisite art-form, layered guitar chords provide a vast majority of the rhythm allowing her trippy vocals a lush and dreamy overtone. ‘Entangled and Entwined’ is only the tip of iceberg in relation to Juleah’s music, there’s another EP and a ten track long player from this very talented multi-instrumentalist available on Bandcamp, all offered in a ‘name your price’ format. A terrific collection of songs, Dream-Pop stretched between the points of sorrow and ecstasy – We most definitely approve.”
© Andy (mojophenia.com)
http://mojophenia.com/2014/01/13/juleah-entangled-and-entwined-ep-release/

Listen to my music on bandcamp and download it for free, or name your price:
http://juleah.bandcamp.com/

Or on Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/julia-hummer1/sets/shimmering-road

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IndieWritersReview Welcomes Blitz Tour: Aubrie Dionne #YA #Scifi #giveaway (Candlelight Book Promotions)


Hello Everyone! I am excited today to participate as one of the host for the Blitz Tour of  Book Three of Paradise Reclaimed: Alliance by Aubrie  Dionne.

Blitz Tour: Aubrie Dionne #YA #Scifi #giveaway

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ALLIANCE

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Blurb:
“Saving him meant saving her colony…”
Lyra Bryan has been saving people her whole life from a chick in the ventilation pipes to her mentally ill brother when his mind drifts back to Old Earth. She meets her match when she finds a gorgeous alien man aboard the arachnid ship. Captured after a failed attempt to save his people, his spirit is broken, craving only vengeance. To save her colony, Lyra must save his body and soul.
Lyra’s lifemate, Tauren, is jealous of her obsession with the alien man and will do anything in his power to break them apart. While they travel to the arachnid’s home world to defeat the mother brain once and for all, they must set aside their differences and work as a team. But, can Tauren be trusted?
Buy link: Amazon: Amazon   Barnes and Noble
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happily Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Inkspell Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.
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IndieWritersReview Welcomes The Church Of Forgiveness by Deborah Allen (Excerpt) (Maverick Promotions)


Hello Everyone, I am very excited that IndieWritersReview is hosting The Church Of Forgiveness by Author Deborah Allen as part of her Maverick Promotions virtual tour! Please check out the details of this intriguing and inspiring read as well as the gripping excerpt below!

 

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AUTHOR Deborah Allen

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Deborah Allen currently teaches at St. Louis Community College, Meramec and Lindenwood University, while she pursues her doctorate degree at Maryville University, and is a proud wife, mother, and grandmother.

Author Links:  Face Book  Add To Goodreads

Purchase: Amazon

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Author Deborah Allen, has picked up the pieces and put life together her way, on the pages of her second book The Church of Forgiveness. Available on Amazon.com, (Softcover; $12.45, December 9, 2013). 

Blurb: Family and forgiveness are terms that should go hand and hand. In most family relationships, forgiveness is a speed bump of everyday occurrences. In this book, The Church of Forgiveness, life for Deborah Allen has its sweet spots and its sour patches. Learning to forgive is a journey Allen takes through the hallways of her church, high school and bedroom. TCOF is a collection of essays that Allen sat down and penned to share her experiences, good or bad, right or wrong. She shares it all in a way to gather the pieces of her life in words. She shares stories about her father and mother and their relationship. She shares her life as a preacher’s daughter growing up in the black church. She shares stories of how she dealt with learning about who her father was and how she began to accept and deal with that knowledge. She shares the heartbreak of learning her daughter had cancer and their struggle to overcome it. She briefly highlights her special relationship with her grandson, Drake. Ending the book with Family Matters, a recollection of how and why forgiveness is essential to move forward in life.

 

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THE CHURCH OF FORGIVENESS 

EXCERPT

Excerpt is from the chapter, Family Matters
–  Even though she knew so many things about so many things, over the years, I found that I was unable to keep up with her brain swells and explosions. A child of the Depression, it would forever leave its mark on her. She carried the impact of the Depression with her. For example, in the years after I was born I remember her saying, “Why so many lights? Open the curtains a bit. But turn those lights off when you leave that room.”

Another thing she did that identified her as a Depression-ist was her need to wash plastic wrap and plastic bags after two, three or four uses as well as aluminum foil. “We can re-use this. It’s still some good,” she said.

Frugal and conservative, she didn’t believe in spending money unless absolutely necessary. She was abnormally energy-conscious. We huddled in her bed most winter nights, shutting two of the bedroom doors and the utility vents. An electric heater saved us from hypo-thermal exposure. I burrowed in close until she peeled herself off the sheets to go to work. I burrowed inside the warm spot she left and wished we were rich so she didn’t have to go.

She was a private-duty nurse and she had wealthy patients. They lived in Ladue or the outskirts of the city, in regal mansions set so far back from the street I thought there were hills underneath each bastion.

Each night as she readied herself for work, I sat on the steps, one railing spindle missing which left just enough room for me to fit my legs out, hold onto the spindles by my side and cry unremittingly for her not to leave me. This ritual played out like a tragic Shakespearean drama each night until I no longer fit between those two spindles. I can still see my younger self wailing at the wall I call Mama because mothers weren’t supposed to leave in the middle of the night. Mothers were supposed to tuck their children in and sleep the night away in the other room keeping them safe. I would get up at night and see my mother’s empty bed. I wondered if she was tired and needed a break. I also wanted to be with her most of all. My sister Janice slept soundly in the adjacent bedroom, substituting for Mama.

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Promotions Feb. 17th-21st

Mon. 17th-  30 minute Book Chat w/ Michelle Cornwell-Jordan- IndieReview Behind The Scenes Internet Radio

Tues.18th–   Guest Post at  IndieWritersReview  

Wed.19th-Spotlight promo at Write Indie: Musings of a WriterGeek

Thurs20th – Video Chat aired IndieReview Behind The Scenes TV (Web Video Content Host)

Fri. 21st -Ten Minute Twitter View chat w/ Host Michelle Cornwell-Jordan.

 

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