Are We Special Blog Tour

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Are We Special?

Are We Special? examines the source of the feeling experienced by so many of us and portrayed in so many films and books, that we are more than merely mortal beings and may even be chosen to fulfill some special destiny. Drawing upon the scriptures and the teachings of modern-day prophets, Are We Special? contrasts the true, divine origin of this special feeling with the worldly counterfeits propped up by the Adversary that lead us away from the love of God and produce feelings of pride, selfishness, and despair. Are We Special? provides insights from the gospel that are reinforced by psychological research and the authors’ therapeutic expertise that will help the reader become more vigilant against the subtle manifestations of the Adversary’s lie and more receptive to the resources God has provided us to know how truly and wonderfully special we all are.  

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About the Authors

JeffBYUFaculty1-214x300Jeffrey S. Reber holds a PhD from Brigham Young University in psychology. He’s an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at BYU. His publications look at the relationship between religion, psychology, and interpersonal relationships. He has also worked with LDS Family Services and has served as a bishop. Steve1-218x300Steven P. Moody received his master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Southern California. At USC, his clinical work focused on families, including marital therapy and relationships. Steven has worked as a counselor with LDS Family Services. He is now a therapist in private practice specializing in both relationships and addictions.  

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Tour Giveaway

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"Poison Me" by Cami Checketts Blog Tour

Poison Me by Cami Checketts

Jake Merrill was raised by his grandmother, Ruby, and her hilarious friends. After a suspicious death at the retirement home where Ruby lives, she enlists Jake and Chanel, the beautiful activities director, to help her find the killer.


But secrets Ruby has kept for decades threaten her family and the man she’s always loved but could never have. Chanel’s unstable ex-boyfriend, a presumably dead relative, and vicious criminals add to the confusion. Time is running out as Jake, Chanel, and Ruby desperately search for clues to solve the murders and fight to save those they love.

Praise for Poisen Me

Poison Me made me laugh out loud and thoroughly enjoy myself. I wish I had a friend like Ruby! Snappy dialogue, romance, and a strong sense of family made this book well worth reading.


Rachel Ann Nunes, bestselling author of Line of Fire and Before I Say Goodbye
Author Cami Checketts

Cami is a part-time author, part-time exercise consultant, part-time housekeeper, full-time wife, and overtime mother of four adorable boys. Sleep and relaxation are fond memories. She’s never been happier.

A portion of the proceeds from Cami’s books will be donated to The Child & Family Support Center. For more information on this worthy cause, please go to www.cachecfsc.org

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Blog Tour Giveaway
$50 doTERRA Oil basket and $35 wholesale membership, $50 Kate Ryan Skincare GC, $50 Amazon GC.  Ends 3/30/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Interview/Blog Tour: Rachelle Christensen with "Caller ID"

Purchase “Caller ID”: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1599559900/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=racswrispo-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1599559900

I will give my usual weekly report on Thursday, because today I have a special guest on my blog. She is an award-winning author and savvy marketer. I read her first novel “Wrong Number” and thought it was a wonderful piece of writing and I’ve put her latest read on my to-read list. Please welcome my friend Rachelle Christensen.

What lessons did you learn from writing your first novel that you applied to this one?
I learned so much about editing and how to fine-tune a sentence. I learned to look at a scene from several different angles to see if my writing could evoke suspense from different levels—emotionally, physiologically, etc.
What are some red flags that you look for when you are revising something you’ve written?
Pet words. I always have a long list of words that I use too often. I go through my book and use the search function in Word to weed them out. It helps because I often find other things that I need to fix as well. The only downside is I keep getting new pets with each new novel. J

What sorts of things have you found work best to get the word out about your books?
That’s a loaded question, but I think the best idea is to utilize several different forms of spreading the word.
Who are the biggest cheerleaders of your writing? What do they do to encourage you?
My family, especially my husband. They ask about my writing, read early drafts of my books, help make time for me to write, and encourage me in my goals. I’m so thankful to have a supportive family—my husband is my biggest fan.
What’s something you would tell to aspiring writers that you wished you’d known from the beginning?
That you never stop learning, so don’t ever think that you can sit back and say, “I know all there is about writing.” Get yourself to a writers conference and soak up the knowledge!
What are you working on right now? What are your writing goals?
I just finished writing/editing book one of a new “Wedding Planner Mystery” series. I had so much fun writing this novel and getting to know the characters. The title is Diamond Rings are Deadly Things and it’s set in Sun Valley, Idaho near where I grew up.
My goals for writing is to just keep plugging away every day, whether it’s outlining the next book or editing/revising.
What sorts of things do you do as an author to improve your writing?
I attend writing conferences, classes, read books on writing techniques, work with critique groups, beta readers—basically I try to take advantage of every opportunity to increase my knowledge and expertise as a writer. It’s amazing how much there is to learn and I’m lucky that I love learning!
Where are the best places on the internet to learn about you?
Author Rachelle’s FB Page
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Book Poster
Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Thanks so much for these great questions, Michael, and for letting me visit your corner of the net.

You’re welcome, Rachelle! She also wanted me to let you know about a contest she is running now, where you can win a camcorder or signed copies of her books. Get all the details here: http://rachellewrites.blogspot.com/p/ultra-flip-video-contest.html

Special Post: Blog Tour: Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure by B.K. Bostick


Today on my blog, I have author B.K. Bostick, on tour with his upcoming release Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure.  



1.       What inspired you to write fiction? I taught 4th and 5th grades for several years. I’d read what I saw my kids reading- Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Leven Thumps, Goosebumps, Roald Dahl, etc. I think reading and re-reading those books reignited my imaginative spark that’d gone during college 🙂 I imagined how cool it would be if I could influence reluctant readers, especially boys, to pick up a book in place of the game controller. I decided to write a fiction book that I would’ve enjoyed as a fifth grader and something I hoped kids would enjoy today as well.
2.       Which other artists have influenced you? I love Jerry Spinelli’s books- his characters are so vulnerable and real. I was also influenced by Brian Jacques, Gary Paulsen, Louis Sachar, and Neil Gaiman. Of course, J.K. Rowling is a master of children’s literature.
3.       Did you have to do any sort of research for you book?  If so, describe what you did. I used a lot of local folklore to paint the back story. My grandpa would always tell me stories about Spaniards coming to the Western U.S. to mine gold from the Rockies. He’d show me books, maps, and relate tales of epic battles between local Indians and the foreign invaders. I read Footprints in the Wilderness (a very rare book that my grandpa passed on to me after he died) and Lost Gold of the Uintah. I didn’t use the same locations or stories, but they helped me create my own.

 4.       Where did the idea for this book come from? When my grandpa passed away, I inherited a box of his belongings. Inside were some of his personal effects and these letters about his search for lost Spanish gold. I read them and got excited. My friends and I ventured into the mountains to follow in his footsteps. Needless to say, we didn’t find gold, but those memories of camping out and hiking through the wilderness with friends are some of the best I have- real treasures! A few years later in college, I started thinking up the story of Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure. A few more years after that, I actually started to write it.

 
5.       What sorts of things do you wish you saw more in books? I really like historical fiction. As a teacher, I found a dearth of that particular genre and would like to see more books like Johnny Tremain and Across Five Aprils.

 6.       What are you working on now?  What are your plans for your future writing? I am working on Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coronado which will be released October, 2012. I’m not sure what my future plans are for writing. I definitely have a passion for it, but it’s difficult to do while balancing life and work. I suppose as long as people want to read what I write, I’ll keep doing it.

 
7.      What advice would you give aspiring writers? The biggest trap I fell into at the beginning (and still do at times) is using the verb, “feel” or “felt.” A reader should know what the character feels without the writer having to tell them.
8.       Where can readers find more about you and your books? www.deadmanstreaure.comwww.facebook.com/bkbostickauthorpage

 9.       Anything else you’d like to add? Please check out the fundraiser I’m doing for my amazing, twelve year old neighbor Alyssa. All profits from pre orders and book sales during the first two weeks of launch will be donated to her family- www.treasureforalyssa.com 



Thanks B.K. and good luck launching your book!  You can watch a book trailer by clicking on the following link: 

 

Blog Tour Day 17: The Finish Line

Latest Post: A huge thanks to everyone that made this blog tour a success. It was the first one I’ve ever had a hand in planning and I learned a lot. There will be several others reviewing The Last Archangel in the next few weeks, and I’ll try to post those links as well.

 If you are in Utah, please join me for my first signing at the Gateway (Salt Lake City) Barnes and Noble, July 16th from 1pm – 3pm, or join me for my launch party at the Scera Park in Orem (Red Pavillion) from 6pm – 8:30 pm.  I’ll be sure to take a lot of pictures!

 Enjoy the posts and don’t forget to enter the blog tour giveaway as well. I’m going to give everyone until next Saturday to visit the other blogs and make an official entry into the blog tour giveaway. I will announce the winners on the 23rd of July on this blog.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and I hope you’ll make The Last Archangel part of your summer reading!  

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July 16th: The Last Hurrah!

Giveaway and Review:


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July 15th: Guest Post: Setting Writing Goals
Book Hounds….Forever Young:
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July 14th: Release Day!
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Interview with Xandir:
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July 13th: Jarom the Cherub Dishes on Angel Life
Supernatural Snark, Guest Post:
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Review and Giveaway on “Me and Reading:
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July 12th:  Review on Book Dreaming:
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The Great the Good and the Bad:
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July 11th: Guest Posts: Five Attitudes to Bring to Writing and Book Review by Theresa Sneed
Guest Post Books R Us Online:
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Review by Theresa Sneed:
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July 10th: A Great Double Play: Review and Guest Post
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July 9th: Review on The Book Blogger Experience:
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July 7th and 8th: Review and Interview from ReaWrite:


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July 6th: Review from Lisabookworm


July 5th: Interview with Eden: http://www.joramsey.com/?p=690
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Blog Tour Day 11: Greek Drama and Picking Up the Pace


Latest Post: A great new review that draws some comparisons with Greek drama (maybe hundreds of years from now kids will have to read me in AP English) and a guest post where I talk about picking up the pace in your story.  Also don’t forget to enter the blog tour giveaway.
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July 10th: A Great Double Play: Review and Guest Post
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July 9th: Review on The Book Blogger Experience:

July 7th and 8th: Review and Interview from ReaWrite:


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July 6th: Review from Lisabookworm


July 5th: Interview with Eden: http://www.joramsey.com/?p=690
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Blog Tour Day 7: Review by Lisa Bookworm

Latest Post: Enjoy a great review by Lisa Faber.  I got a kick out of the end of the post where she says that she realized that she already had “The Canticle Kingdom” sitting on her booshelf and she wants to read it right away after reading “The Last Archangel”.  I’m also on author Tristi Pinkston’s blog today with a guest post about gaining creative inspiration through immersing yourself in good art. Also don’t forget to enter the blog tour giveaway.
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July 6th: Review from Lisabookworm
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July 5th: Interview with Eden: http://www.joramsey.com/?p=690

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Blog Tour Day 4: My Life in a Laptop

Latest Post: C. Michelle Jefferies: My Life in a Laptop

Today features a post by C. Michelle Jefferies.  Be sure to check in tomorrow as we’ll be doing a giveaway for a copy of “The Last Archangel”.



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Blog Tour Day 3: Review on Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm

Latest Post: Review on Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm and Author J. Lloyd Morgan

Today we have a review on the Blog Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm and J. Lloyd Morgan, author of “The Hidden Sun” and the upcoming “The Waxing Moon.” Thanks for reading!



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Blog Tour Day 2: Review by Frank Cole

Latest Post: Review by author Frank Cole

Frank was one of the first people to read it, and one of his quotes even appears on the cover.  Read his full review at his blog: 



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