OZARKS INDIE BOOK FEST: ATTENDING AUTHORS

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Hey-o!! I’m here today to talk a little about the Ozarks Indie Book Fest and the amazing lineup of Authors that will be there! The Ozarks Indie Book Fest is a wonderful event that brings indie authors, bloggers and readers together in Springfield, Missouri! It will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 12:00 PM. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Companions for Heroes and Loving Paws Rescue.

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You can find tickets here.

You can also find out more information on the Ozarks Official Site.

Below is a list of the authors you will have the opportunity to meet should you attend!

 

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Christina Benjamin KEYNOTE SPEAKER : Facebook

Katie M. John PANELIST : Facebook

Carlyle Labuschagne KEYNOTE SPEAKER : Facebook

 Jo Michaels KEYNOTE SPEAKER : Facebook
Tia Silverthorne Bach PANELIST : Goodreads
Kassandra Kush PANELIST : Facebook
Allyson Gottlieb PANELIST : Facebook 
Lisa Marie PANELIST : Facebook
Jennifer Burrows : Facebook
Tich Brewster : Facebook
Elise Faber : Facebook
Lorraine Britt : Facebook
Jodi Vaughn : Facebook
MariaLisa deMora : Facebook
Alyssa Rose Ivy : Facebook
*Landra Graf : Facebook
Teresa McRae : Facebook
*Katie Roman : Facebook
Riann C. Miller : Facebook
Cathlin Shahriary : Facebook
Kristann Monaghan : Goodreads
Amy Hale : Facebook
S.M. Smith : Facebook
Jeanine Binder : Facebook
C.J. Pinard : Facebook
Kelly Risser : Facebook
C.K. Green : Facebook
Lyssa Layne : Facebook
Amber C. Polk
Jimmy Lewis
Nicole Stephenson
Miranda Johnson
There are still plenty of sponsorship opportunities available as well!
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Keep up with the latest and greatest Ozarks Indie Book Fest info here, as well as the following fabulous blogs…
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Hope to see you there!

THE EDGE OF JUNIPER BY: LORA RICHARDSON

Review:

The Edge of Juniper - Lora Richardson

 

 

 

 

This book was like a time machine. It will take you back to a time when Summer was something magical. Full of possibility and lighthearted fun. I want to say a simpler time, but any age has it’s complications, and that was also apparent here. It felt so familiar. Spending a Summer with your cousins, family drama, hot sticky days followed by nights cooling off in the lake, and of course a sweet boy to distract you from it all! I loved this story!

 

 

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Richardson’s writing was beautiful. This book is chock-full of wisdom and coming of age lessons to life by. 

 

 

“You were wholesome and you still are, same as anyone else. This is why the whole idea of virginity is stupid. Why all the focus on whether or not a girl has done it? Just because you’ve had sex, you’re not any less precious. You’re not less pure, you’re not less valuable or wholesome. Being a virgin or not doesn’t change that.”

 

 

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Fay was a teenage girl that was wise beyond her years in a lot of ways. But also still very much a child who was growing up and starting to learn that grownups, especially parents, were ultimately just human…and flawed. It can be quite jarring when that happens, and I think Richardson did a fantastic job relaying that here. 

 

 

“I was trying hard to be helpful and supportive of her, and Dad too, but sometimes I turned into a needy child and just wanted them to do the caretaking. It was hard seeing them both so fragile, so in need of care as well.”

 

 

Malcolm was equally as enchanting as Fay. He was so sweet! Honestly his whole family was enviable! His mother’s interactions with Fay truly brought tears to my eyes a few different times. But as perfect as they could seem at times, I appreciated that Richardson made sure to get the point across that there is no perfect. People are fallible and relationships of any kind are something that you have to consciously work at for them to be and stay strong.

 

 

Going into this story I thought it was going to be a Romeo and Juliet type of thing. While there was a forbidden romance going on here, it really took a backseat to the real star of the show, in my opinion, which was an endearing coming of age tale with smart, flawed, beautiful people and moments that I want to keep in my pocket close to my heart!

 

 

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I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

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*BOOK TRAILER* NEARLY TRILOGY BY: DEVON ASHLEY!!

NEARLY TRILOGY BOOK TRAILER:
NEARLY UNDONE: Releasing August 30th
Nearly Undone
Synopsis:

I’d risk anything to save her – even my freedom.

Megan Whitaker thought she had them beat – and then everything went to shit. Zander got to walk and Friggs was in the wind, and unfortunately, both were still hell-bent on making her his. Megan and Nick might’ve given Friggs the slip by hiding away in witness protection, but when Thea goes missing, nothing will keep Megan away. Not when her sister’s abduction was her fault.

Thea Whitaker’s dark new reality was something made of nightmares. Friggs might’ve only stolen her to lure out her sister, but it doesn’t keep the sadistic man from taking out his issues on her. Now it’s her turn to be on the receiving end of unspeakable acts, and though she prays her sister can find a way to free her, Thea also fears it, because she knows if Megan fails, Friggs’ will never let either of them go.

With Thea lost and no hope in sight, Megan begrudgingly beseeches the help of the one man who has the connections to find her. But enlisting Zander’s help will come at a price, and for Megan and Nick, it might just cost them everything they’ve been fighting so hard to protect.

New Adult Romantic Suspense / Dark Realistic Fiction
Recommended for 17+ for mature and disturbing situations, language and sexual content.

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*COVER REVEAL* THE UNFORGIVEN BY: ADRIA WADE!

 

 

 Driven by hatred and revenge, three worlds collide … but only one will be able to withstand the deadly war. 

The craving for vengeance and an act of forbidden love has led to a fight between Athena and The Hunters. Now that they have crowned the power-hungry, malicious Asher Blaine as their new leader, they are a force to be reckoned with. But Asher also has his own revenge to carry out … against the vampires. 

The same vampires who, after growing tired of their kind being slaughtered, are also desperate to put an end to the most feared huntress of them all. 

Fighting a dangerous battle that has been brewing for many years, Athena and her friends must find a way to rise up against their enemies, despite the various disadvantages they face, including a vision which plagues Violet’s mind, foreseeing their demise. 

In the final installment of The Huntress Series, blood will spill, hearts will shatter, and chaos will reign.

 

 

 

 

Adria Wade has had a passion for writing since she was a kid. Her favorite part about writing is getting lost in the world she created. She is the author of The Forbidden, The Awakening, and Tamed. When not writing, she can be found reading, drinking a lot of coffee, and watching way too many eighties movies. She lives in Maryland, where she is busy writing her next novel.

 

 

*RELEASE DAY BLITZ + A GIVEAWAY* MAGGIE BY: MYA O’MALLEY!!

Release Blitz: Maggie by Mya O’Malley

We are so happy to present Maggie, the newest novel from Mya O’Malley!

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Maggie by Mya O’Malley

Category: Paranormal Romance

Publication: August 15th, 2016

Purchase: Amazon

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to share your home with an unearthly spirit who can’t find closure? Living on the edge of a cemetery with souls dating back to the 1700s would be enough to spook anyone, but Naomi finds it oddly romantic, and becomes inspired to write her next novel. Why not, when her muse, Maggie, calls to her from beyond her own window?

After all, the story couldn’t possibly be as complicated as Naomi’s own love life. Torn between Ryan, the mysterious and seemingly perfect man she just started dating, and Bryce, the sexy single dad who recently moved in next door, Naomi must navigate the tangled web of dating—all while trying to solve the mystery of Maggie’s death.

When things turn dangerous, Naomi quickly learns whom she can trust and, more importantly, whom she can’t. Will she be able to write Maggie’s story and finally give Maggie the peace she deserves?

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Excerpt:

She gasped for breath, tried to steady her pulsing heart. Naomi squeezed her eyes shut as she felt the ghost touch her face, turn it to the side. Naomi cried out, fear pumping through her body. For the first time she wondered if this spirit was capable of violence, capable of harming her.

It was time. She needed to see her face.

Opening her eyes slowly, Naomi gasped. Clear blue eyes met hers. Eyes that held so much sorrow it nearly brought Naomi to her knees. She was stunning, even in her ghostly form.

 

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Author Bio: Mya O’Malley

Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter, and three stepdaughters. The family also consists of their boxer, Destiny, and their ragdoll cat, Colby.

Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students.

Mya’s passion is writing, which she has been doing since she was a child. A romantic at heart, she loves to craft stories with unforgettable characters. In her free time, Mya reads just about anything she can get her hands on. She also likes to travel, and has visited several Caribbean islands, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

Maggie is Mya’s eighth full-length novel, and she is already at work on a companion story!

Here are all the ways you can follow Mya:

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Goodreads * Amazon

 

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THE BOY WITH WORDS BY: C.E. WILSON

Review:

Five Seven Five (The Boy with Words) (Volume 1) - C.L. Wilson

 

I was quite surprised the direction that this story ended up going. It was clear that not all was right in White’s world, living an extremely sheltered life, never even seeing the sky. But I wasn’t expecting what it ended up being! I loved the idea of these Forgotten Ones and their unique story.

 

 

I don’t really feel like I connected with the characters. White was pretty immature, whether that was a product of her sheltered environment or not, I’m not totally sure. There were times when she was discovering something new that I did find her endearing, the way she marveled at the things we take for granted. I liked the way her excitement and awe made Kes seem to rediscover the magic in them too. Kes was sweet, but I just never felt fully invested in him either.

 

Some things still felt kind of unresolved by the end. I would have loved to see White face some of her old demons and return to where it all began. I think it might have been nice to see what became of Salt and his sister, and even President Copper. I was also kind of unsure what had really changed between Kes and White. While I wanted to root for them to be together, I was kind of hoping they were going to find a way to do so on…ummm…level ground. I get that there’s an awesome message behind this ending, loving someone despite seeming insurmountable differences and all that, but it just still felt like those differences were too much, at least for me. 

 

All in all this was an interesting tale and I’d be curious to see what this author does in the future!

 

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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*RELEASE DAY BLAST* RESCUE  BY: SF BENSON!!

“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of justice. Would you risk it all for love?”

It all comes down to choice. Choose to live. Choose to die. Choose to love.

Zared’s choice is to rescue the love of his life, Tru Shepard, despite the warrant for his own death. She’s a prisoner at a remote military compound.

Tru’s choices are limited. Marry a man she despises or face death.

Sometimes life dictates what’s important.

Is love enough to risk it all?

Will Zared’s ultimate mission prevail?

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CHAPTER 1

ZARED

“Citizens help the New Order find and eliminate terrorist agitators!

The keys to spotting traitors of the American Republic:

Traitors don’t support Inoculation Day,

…doubt the Government,

…don’t watch AR news streams,

…talk of Alliance,

…avoid mandated educational questionnaires,

Traitors don’t support Riza.

Don’t be caught supporting a traitor! Be a loyal citizen. Report any and all suspected traitors.”

(A communiqué from the Bureau of Homeland Protection)



I saved a life and took a life in a matter of seconds.

Watching the Canadian medics wheel Ko away, I know she’ll be fine, thanks to me. Another set of medics claims my father’s body. Also my fault. I did the right thing. He would have killed Ko and anyone else who got in his way.

But, my father’s blood staining my hands is a stark reality I have to face. Children don’t kill their parents. We’re supposed to love and cherish them. Yet, parents shouldn’t incite their children to commit murder. Perhaps I could have overlooked his faults. I search my memory trying to latch on to the good times we shared, but the vault’s dry. 

My father abandoned me years ago.

Still, I wanted to forgive him. All I needed was one reason, any excuse would have worked. I wasn’t picky. I needed to know why he discarded me when I needed him the most. Now, I’ll never know. 

“Aoki, we need to talk.” The loud, acidic voice cuts through the silence. Malcolm slithers his way across the floor. I have no desire to go up against the former rapper turned activist. I need time to myself to accept what I’ve done.

“Can it wait?” I croak.

“I need a status report,” he blasts back. The man once known as the Ice Pimp crosses his arms, staring me down with intense, eerie blue eyes.

“I need to deal with what happened,” I say absently, pushing the hair off my forehead. A slight tremor quakes through my body followed by a trail of sweat etching its way down my spine. The tremor morphs into a fully charged piston. Its incessant revving urges my feet toward the door. Either time needs to speed up, or Malcolm needs to shut up.  

“We ‘preciate what you did for the cause.”

I bristle at Malcolm’s callousness. Jabbing a finger, I snap. “It wasn’t about the damn cause. It was self-preservation. Don’t you get it?”

Malcolm’s face tightens, insubordination on my part. For once, I didn’t care about the repercussions. What I’d done mattered more than a status report or this militant’s battle.

“I killed my FATHER! It was him or me.”

Malcolm sneers. “What would you like me to do? Throw you a goddamned party? Get over yo’self. You had a job to do. You did it. End of story.”

The arrogant-ass prick doesn’t get it. Killing my father, killing anyone, wasn’t the job. Damn it, I loved my father. At one point in my life, I’m sure, the man loved me. I know he did. I believe he did. I hope he did.

I need time to handle my loss and the person I’ve become… a murderer. Reality sucker punches me. I’ve been a lot of things in my life—son, boyfriend, liar, cheat. But never a murderer.

One person understands me. Tru. I need my girl.

“I’ve got to get out of here.” I rush for the exit.

Malcolm blocks my path. “I need the report.”

I stare up at him. He juts his chin, squints, and a hard smile crosses his face. Damn! I’m a complete idiot. This ass played me. My fingers clench.

“You planned this,” I accuse.

“And you carried it out. Mission complete.” His cold eyes mock me.

Unbelievable. Malcolm wasn’t man enough to do the job himself, so he set me up. Who the hell does that?

I reach for my gun. It’s not in my waistband. The glint of steel catches my eye from the floor.

Malcolm follows my line of sight. “You’re not that stupid, Aoki.”

He’s right, I concede. But it doesn’t stop me from wanting to rip his heart out with my bare hands. His death, however, serves no purpose. My father will still be dead, and I’ll be a punching bag for Riza. Bastards like him cause their own demise. I storm past Malcolm. His joyless laughter is the backdrop to my hurried steps.

A few Alliance mercenaries stand around outside the building. I approach a sturdy soldier in tan camo fatigues. The name on his shirt pocket reads Niang, a Purebred from Senegal.

He salutes. I return the gesture. “Aoki.”

“Private Niang, sir.” His French-accented voice booms from his body. Definitely not native to the American Republic.

“Don’t have to be so formal. No rank here. Did you take someone to an Ubernet café today?”

Niang frowns. “No, but I know where it is. I can take you there.”

“Good. Let’s go.” I hop into the passenger seat, lean back, and close my eyes. The image of my father’s inanimate body surrounded by his own blood invades my thoughts and causes bile to rise up in my throat.

“Pull over, now!”

As soon as Niang stops the vehicle, I jump out, spilling my guts across the cracked asphalt. Reality kicks my ass. The gun blast and the image of my father crumpling to the ground loop in my mind.

My God, I killed him.

With my own hands, I ended my father’s life. Yes, I saved Ko and prevented more bloodshed. But it didn’t change the fact I killed my own flesh and blood.

Squeezing my eyes shut, I attempt to mourn for him. To ask God for forgiveness. Memories of the suffering and heartache I endured because of my father’s abandonment blur the lines of grief. His involvement with the New Order crushes any shred of remorse left in my heart.

With final resolve, I rest my trembling body against the Jeep. Where will my father’s soul find its resting place? With all the havoc he caused on Earth, I hope he owned a pair of asbestos-lined boots.

 “Sir?” Niang’s voice, like the peal of shattered glass, interrupts my thoughts.

 I scrape my hand down my pants leg before wiping my mouth and climb back into the vehicle. “I’m ready.”

 My life hasn’t been easy. The green kid who stared at a pretty girl across the school yard years ago no longer exists. Life on the streets hardened me, corrupted my youth, and left behind a guy who’s discovering not everyone has my best interests at heart.

 Working for the Alliance wasn’t something I could avoid. My options were clear-cut: join the cause and help in any way requested or face punishment for a crime I didn’t commit. I disagreed, but lost the war of words.

 Malcolm’s possession of a video showing a different altercation sealed my fate and guaranteed my cooperation. If anyone had to die today, it should have been the cold-hearted Hybrid.

Trust. It’s not something one does living on the streets of New Detroit. New perils present themselves daily. Deviants, hanging out on corners waiting for guys like me, want to play cat and mouse games. Survival requires being smarter.

Joining the Alliance kept me alive. In doing so, I merely exchanged a familiar predator for a craftier, secretive one.

It’s time to take back control of my life.

Niang stops the vehicle in front of a red-brick storefront. I pull out my phone and call Tru. Straight to voicemail. I exit the vehicle, hoping Tru waits inside the café. 

 SF Benson, a Michigan native, resides in Georgia with her husband, a human daughter,

and a couple of miniature fur kids (two female short-haired guinea pigs). At one time she

wrangled a household which included three Samoyeds, saltwater fish, a hamster, and three

guinea pigs.

SF has always wanted to be a writer, but she’s had a variety of positions ‘feeding’ her

creative brain—blogger/reviewer, customer service representative, veterinary assistant,

marketing assistant, editorial assistant, receptionist, and even cashier for women’s clothing

and shoes.

She’s an avid bookworm who appreciates a well-written book regardless of genre. SF

prefers to write stories which allow her to answer the question “what if”. She leans towards

writing strong, diverse protagonists set in dystopian, science fiction, or paranormal worlds.

Email ~ Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads ~ Amazon Author Page ~ Instagram: @authorsfbenson